A pioneering initiative to help secure the IT workforce of the future is being hailed a success with students at Tonypandy Community College thanks to computer giants  Microsoft.

The College students are developing their skills as part of the County Borough-wide IT Academy that has been developed thanks to the financial support of the Welsh Government, with resource support from Microsoft.

It is aimed at educating and increasing the skills of pupils and teachers by developing a state-of-the-art Academy structure that is open to all young people and schools.

The offer to the young learner is a complete package with free Industry standard qualifications (Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)).

The Year 10 students at Tonypandy Community College are already flourishing as part of the Academy, developing their skills and qualifications in Powerpoint, Excel and Word software.

Members of staff are also enjoying the opportunity to learn more about IT packages to help them identify how it will enhance their lessons and enrich a student’s experience in the classroom.

Headteacher Helen O’Sullivan explained, “Studies suggest in the next five to 10 years there will be a significant shortage in the supply of skilled IT professionals.

“The Microsoft Academy is helping to fill the skills gap by providing the curriculum, training ground and validation of proficiency career-bound students need to be successful.

“A comprehensive knowledge of IT programmes and packages is an essential part of every child’s education in the modern age.”