The first cohort of Digital Skills Academy students received Python Institute certifications, achieving a 91% pass rate on their exams.

Their certificates were given to them by Albert Isola, the Minister for Digital and Financial Services.

“I was thrilled to present the certifications to the 10 successful students,” Mr. Isola said.

“I am committed to continuing to develop and expand the skills available in Gibraltar, in particular to support the growing technology sector where we are showing leadership in a number of innovative areas.”

“The future will undoubtedly see greater reliance on technology and our community should be able to take advantage of the many opportunities that will be available.”

The Gibraltar Digital Skills Academy opened last September and since then has worked very purposefully to partner with a number of international certification bodies such as CompTIA and the Python Institute, a spokesperson said. from the Gibraltar Digital Skills Academy.

“The certification process provides students with skills to support their entry into employment and demonstrates Gibraltar’s ambitions to close the skills gap in the technology sector,” the spokesperson added.

The Python Institute is an independent, non-profit project set up by the Open Education and Development Group (OpenEDG) to promote the Python programming language, train a new generation of Python programmers, and support professional careers in Python programming. and associated technologies.

In line with strategic goals associated with enhancing and developing careers in Python programming, OpenEDG Python Institute provides an independent, global setting for high-stakes exams in Python programming.

Gibraltar Digital Skills Academy founding trustee Stewart Harrison said it was a “proud moment” for the Academy.

“Certification makes our students more employable and able to demonstrate the skills they possess,” Harrison said.

“The exams are challenging and require a high level of commitment from our students and instructors, all of whom have done an incredible job.”

“I would like to express my special thanks to Ritika Melwani for her hard work and dedication; this is her first year as an instructor and she has helped students achieve a 91% pass rate. »

“This is the first step in becoming a center of excellence for digital skills, in partnership with the public and private sectors who play an important role in guiding the curriculum we offer to ensure that the skills we teach and are developing are relevant to the labor market.”

“Our program develops programming skills from Key Stage 2 through Key Stage 5, preparing them for final certifications like these.”

“In addition to making students more employable, these certifications will help students apply to college because they are able to show that they have met industry standards.”