Firebrand reveals winner of Free Training for Life

by George Chetcuti [Published on 13 Sept. 2013 / Last Updated on 13 Sept. 2013]

After seven months and over 18,000 entrants, Firebrand Training ‘s Frank Højgaard, Managing Director is happy to announce Joseph Guthrie as the winner of their Free Training For Life (FTFL) competition. A prize worth over £1 million*.

Joseph will be able to take as many IT and project management training courses and exams as he wants, for the rest of his life, for free.

Frank said “We’re very happy to be awarding Joseph his prize, and look forward to training him for the rest of his life on any of our 165+ courses. We did some research recently that shows Joseph could increase his earning power by more than 3x over his lifetime by gaining a certification, and a winner like Joseph has the potential to earn more than £5 million over his lifetime compared to around £1.6 million without the training.”

Joseph said “I couldn’t believe I won Free Training For Life. It took me all weekend to finally process. It was a mixture of elation, excitement and disbelief. Once I settled down and grasped the magnitude of what I’d won it was nothing but excitement and anticipation. I can’t wait to get started. The first course I’m planning to attend is the Certified Ethical Hacker course. It is something I have always wanted to do.”

Frank added: “Joseph has made a great choice; the Certified Ethical Hacker course has been very popular with our students. An ethical hacker’s average salary is over £45,000, which makes the course appealing to those working in IT security.”

The prize includes all training fees, exam fees, course books, food and accommodation, and as long as the winners pays for the travel they can take the training in any of Firebrand’s training centres across Europe. 

Frank concluded, “Firebrand would like to thank all 18,000 contestants for entering and we wish them well in their careers. We have worked out that if all 18,000 made the choice to take at least one certification course with Firebrand they would increase their salaries by around £87.5** million over the next year.”

For more information contact Ed Jones at ejones@firebrandtraining.co.uk

About Firebrand Training
Firebrand is a leader in Accelerated Learning, and has training centres in the UK, DACH (Germany, Switzerland, Austria), Nordics (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland) and Benelux (Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Middle East).  Since its inception in 2001 the company has grown at an incredible rate with more than 35,000 students taking IT and project management training, with over 96% of our students reporting that Firebrand exceeded their expectations.

Firebrand Training runs more than 165 courses, from Microsoft Windows, Windows Server and IT support courses, through to Cisco, Oracle, Lean Six Sigma, PRINCE2, PMP, ethical hacking and Agile.

Firebrand Training has been named in the Top 20 IT Training Companies in the World by TrainingIndustry.com and has won the Institute of IT Training – Training Company Of The Year for three consecutive years. It is a Microsoft, Cisco and Oracle partner, and Firebrand Training Nordics is Microsoft Learning Partner of the Year (2010, 2011 and 2012) and is the first Microsoft partner business to achieve this award three years in a row.

* £1 million is calculated based on a 25 year-old winning and choosing £15K of training a year for the next 40 years with an inflation rate of 2.5% per year. The total value of training over 40 years would be £1,011,038 million.

** Average salary in the UK for an IT role £40,000 (http://www.itjobswatch.co.uk/jobs/uk/microsoft.do) average salary with a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification (http://www.itjobswatch.co.uk/jobs/uk/mcitp.do) £45,000 increase in salary £5,000  x 17,500 £87.5million

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