The GTA University Centre has formed a partnership with C5 Alliance to expand the range of IT-related courses it offers.

Kate Sole, programmes manager at the GTA University Centre, said the constantly evolving IT world created significant demand from all industry sectors.

‘The aim of the GTA University Centre is to deliver courses that the business community needs in order to prosper and be successful. IT sees changes on an almost daily basis and so we recognised that we needed to partner with a highly regarded local company who are specialists in their field so that we could be more responsive to the changes,’ she said.

‘Marc Laine, managing director of C5 Alliance, is a member of the GTA’s IT and eCommerce Advisory Group and shares our commitment to training and professional development so a partnership with them is a logical step.’

The island-based training will be delivered by Anna Philpot, head of training at C5 Alliance who specialises in Microsoft SharePoint, CRM Dynamics and Office 365.

‘In January 2014, we expanded our training team to meet demand and since then have trained over 1,000 people across Guernsey and Jersey. As well as our bespoke training, we have also expanded our provision of online eLearning, including interactive, web-based videos and ‘how-to’ manuals for our clients,’ said Mr Laine.

‘Our partnership with the GTA will ensure that an increasing number of business professionals can access courses that are relevant to, and help with their day to day work.’

Five courses have been organised for May and June. On 26th May, there will be an introduction to Sharepoint, the web platform that brings together services and processes that enable users to collaborate with each other and manage and share business information. This will be followed the next day with a Sharepoint site creation course for those wanting to build sites using Sharepoint.

On 1st June, there will be an introduction to Office 365, the cloud-based platform that allows users to access applications and files from virtually anywhere, which will give delates an overview of Office 365’s features and functionality. On the same day, there will also be an introduction to creating websites in HTML which will cover creating a basic website.

The final course planned is on 10th June and will be an introduction to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 which is Microsoft’s customer relationship management solution.

‘Through our advisory groups, we will continue speaking to the business community to identify where there are skills gaps and then arrange the courses that address those areas,’ said Mrs Sole.

More information on the courses can be found at or by contacting Kate Sole on