IT Academy captains IT Grand Prix

IT Academy Manager Andrew Bettany was selected by Microsoft Learning to captain a team at the brand new IT Grand Prix.

The competition was designed to promote the value of IT training to professionals and involved a worldwide online ‘pit crew’, captained by Andrew. The crew competed in technical challenges, involving helping small businesses and charities with their IT systems, with the chance to win the grand prize of $10,000 for a charity of their choice.

This is one of a series of high profiles events with which the IT Academy is involved. Other events include hosting Microsoft’s European ‘Get on the bus’ tour in York in October 2009, and Andrew was recently chosen to represent the University at annual technical IT conference, Tech-Ed IT, in New Orleans, USA.

Additionally, this summer we are excited to be hosting the MCT Live Summit international trainer conference at the University of York, supported by Microsoft Learning. For further information on this exciting event visit

The IT Academy has a team of trainers based at the University specialising in providing IT training for small local businesses. This latest accolade really shows the IT Academy’s expertise on an international scale, and shows that a small team can produce mighty results.

Andrew said: “I’m obviously delighted to be asked to captain a team in such a prestigious event as the IT Grand Prix, especially when the proceeds go to charity. It’s a superb opportunity to showcase our expertise to IT professionals across the country and really demonstrate the value of training in the IT Industry.”

IT Grand Prix Group