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Fast Lane Academy
Addressing the global talent gap
Embracing “digital“ makes the difference between survival or failure
Spurred by the current crisis nearly all companies globally have finally realized that they cannot survive without becoming at least partially a digital organization. This has triggered an enormous digital transformation movement and as a result the existing talent gap has widened instead of being solved.
On the other hand, a lot of people are losing their jobs or cannot find jobs because business models have changed and / or some economic sectors have been hit harder than others.
We are connecting talents with companies in need of experts
In this situation we at Fast Lane are very proud of our contribution helping the economy and our society to master those challenges. Our special setup as a consulting and education company enables us to guide companies along their digital journey while at the same time provide the required experts to do the work.
Our talent programs offer a unique solution to address the above-mentioned talent gap and because of the increasing demand and the current economic situation we have decided to expand our programs and combine them into the Fast Lane Academy.
Talent programs are not just education programs. Candidates need to apply and need to pass a rigorous selection process making sure that they have the right personality and attitude to complete the program. Furthermore, candidates are matched up front with their future employer. This ensures that an organization's investment yields precisely the certified, highly qualified experts they are seeking. Once admitted, students are mentored throughout the whole program to cater to their individual needs, learning challenges, etc. thus ensuring that they will achieve the desired results and will be able to contribute to the performance of digital transformation projects immediately after completing the program.
Further information for candidates
Do you want to be an active part of the current industrial revolution, means the digital economy? Become a certified professional within a few months.
You are selecting candidates from our talent pool who are suitable for your organization.
Once you have selected one or more candidates they will be hired by your organization as trainees and will be enrolled in the selected education program(s). All programs include:
- Workshops including individual focus areas and individual coaching
- Comprehensive self-study materials
- Extended access to our learning systems to perform practical exercises
- Individual coaching and mentoring during the whole program
- Ongoing assessment to verify progress
- Preparation for and acquiring of official certifications
- Ongoing monitoring and reporting
We have already compiled the most frequently asked questions for you. Please feel free to contact us for further advice.
How exactly does the selection process work?
Organizations receive CVs of suitable candidates and select one or more candidates. To verify that a candidate meets the expectations, organizations usually conduct an interview.
Selected candidates will receive pre-evaluation study materials and then will participate in our evaluation process. If they pass, organizations usually conduct a final interview before signing a temporary contract with the candidate(s).
What happens to candidates who pass the evaluation process but are not hired as expected?
This should not happen because only pre-selected candidates will participate in the selection process. However, if it happens we will charge the corresponding organization a cancellation fee of 10% but will allow the organization to choose another candidate.
As our program(s) are highly in demand we will also find other interested employers for the rejected candidate.
What recruitment services does the program include?
The program includes access to our talent pool, the pre-selection and introduction of suitable candidates and the final evaluation via our very intense evaluation process.
The cost for in-person interviews (e.g. travel expenses) are not included, this must be handled between the hiring company and the candidate(s).
What happens if a candidate is left behind and does not perform as required despite passing the evaluation process?
We are constantly monitoring the progress of candidates and are conducing assessments on a regular basis.
During the first weeks of every program assessments are scheduled in such a way that we have one or two official “exit points” that allow us to remove candidates from the program who unfortunately cannot keep up with expectations.
If this happens, the affected organization may select another candidate free of charge.
Once candidates are past those “exit points” we are sure they will complete the program.
What happens if a candidate quits the program?
Fast Lane cannot take responsibility for such a situation. This case must be covered by the employment contract between the employer and the candidate.
Such a situation would be like a candidate quitting the job shortly after successfully completing the program. Such a case needs to be covered by the employment contract.
Can companies bring their own candidates?
Yes, but every candidate needs to pass our evaluation process. Also, companies need to be aware and need to accept that their candidate(s) will not be available for other activities for the duration of the program.
We have been running talent programs very successfully for many years.
"The demands and complexity of the data center require a comprehensive skill set, which is optimally covered by the Data Center Talent Program. The experts trained by Fast Lane in this way help to complete projects faster and with better quality. For us, this means not only improved customer satisfaction and loyalty, but also securing and optimizing results".
Michael Sterker, Business Architect, Bechtle GmbH & Co. KG
"To build private clouds, Computacenter needs engineering services specialists in the areas of data center and networking who can standardize, virtualize and automate their customers' data centers by integrating complex solutions from various manufacturers into their existing infrastructures. As part of the qualification initiative launched by Fast Lane and Cisco - the "Datacenter Talent Program" - we can train five new ambitious and motivated colleagues to become top specialists for dynamic data centers in just six months. In this way, we can ensure the necessary project quality".
Michael May, National Leader Datacenter Engineering, Computacenter AG & Co. oHG
Michael Chrobok, National Leader Networking Engineering, Computacenter AG & Co. oHG
"Fast Lane's team of trainers has brought our data center team up to all the Cisco, NetApp, and VMware certifications we need for our work with customers within six months. Crucial to this success were, among other things, the state-of-the-art and always available high-end labs and the special additional Fast Lane Lab exercises."
Stojan Jarak, Member of the Board, Alliances Manager CISCO Partnership, COMLINE AG
"The idea of Fast Lane's Data Center Talent Program convinced us right from the start. It enables us to continuously expand the solution expertise we need in our customer projects for operating data centers and building private cloud infrastructures: Through a complete package of recruitment, training and comprehensive certifications, which Fast Lane even guarantees! We have hired two new employees through this qualification initiative, both of whom have completed a total of 13 different Cisco, NetApp, and VMware certifications during the six-month program with excellent results. Our European colleagues are already looking forward to the first European seasons of the Data Center Talent Program, which will start soon!
Sven Heinsen, Director Solutions & Professional Services, Dimension Data Germany AG & Co. KG
"With the Data Center Talent Program we have received a unique complete package consisting of assessment, recruitment, training program and a wealth of, in part difficult and costly, certifications. Within six months, our young employee went from being a data center newcomer to an enthusiastic, highly motivated and highly trained data center specialist. Thanks to the Fast Lane trainer team and their successful work with the graduates, in the classroom and in the high-end lab sessions".
Prok. Dipl.-Ing. Peter Werzer, Manager Data Center Technologies , Imtech ICT Austria GmbH
"We are constantly looking for well qualified specialists who can master the current challenges for our customers. The Data Center Talent Program is a very good initiative against the IT skills shortage. After only six months, we have new, highly trained and multi-vendor certified specialists for virtualized data center solutions at our disposal! A huge praise to all involved who made this possible".
Marc Schürch, CEO Netcloud AG