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Pluralsight extends Skills offerings for cybersecurity, IT ops and development

By Catherine Knowles
Wed 20 Oct 2021

Pluralsight has expanded Pluralsight Skills, adding new lab-based hands-on learning experiences for cybersecurity, IT ops, and software development professionals, as well as a new experience designed to help technology learners prepare for the tech industry’s top certifications.

Pluralsight Skills’ addition of hands-on learning capabilities in high demand technology skills is designed to complement the platform’s existing library of on-demand video content from tech instructors, the company states.

Hands-on learning is a critical component to any effective skills development platform and strategy, Pluralsight states.

Knowledge retention and application from hands-on learning experiences is dramatically improved over alternative learning modalities, and the combination of both hands-on and on-demand skill development techniques gives enterprises the tools they need to effectively develop technology skills at scale, according to the company.

The new specialisations and features directly cater to a growing demand for skills across different industries. At present, Pluralsight states enterprises are working to tackle new technology advancements and ways of working following the onset of the 2020 pandemic, and close skills gaps that have widened in critical technology areas such as cloud computing, data, cybersecurity, AI and machine learning.

On this, in Pluralsight’s recent State of Upskilling report, technology professionals stated that their confidence to do their current jobs (down 13%) as well as their capacity to do their jobs in the next three years (down 8%) both decreased from a year ago.

With the introduction of these new labs, Pluralsight Skills now offers more than 900 lab-based hands-on learning experiences for technologists looking to close skills gaps and stay ahead of the pace of change for today’s technologies.

These hands-on learning opportunities include: 772 labs for cloud computing, 21 labs for software development, 63 labs for cybersecurity, and 44 labs for IT ops.

In addition to its expansion of hands-on learning experiences, Pluralsight is introducing a new tech certification landscape within Pluralsight Skills called the Certification Prep Center.

This new experience enables learners to survey more than 130 certification prep paths offered within Pluralsight Skills and get step by step guidance on how to develop the necessary skills to pass the certification exams.

Pluralsight CM of Skills Gary Eimerman says, “The most successful enterprise organisations have a structured approach to skill development that includes a combination of hands-on, on-demand, and instructor-led training, live or virtual.

"This expansion of hands-on learning capabilities enables our customers to more effectively develop their tech talent at scale and ensure that they have the skills inventory to complete their most pressing technology projects in an effective and cost efficient manner.”

Pluralsight is a technology workforce development company focused on helping companies and teams build better products by developing critical skills, improving processes and gaining insights through data, and providing strategic skills consulting.

Pluralsight Skills is designed to help enterprises build technology skills at scale with expert-authored courses on various important technologies, including cloud, AI and machine learning, data science, and security, among others.

Skills also includes tools to align skill development with business objectives, virtual instructor-led training, hands-on labs, skill assessments and analytics.

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