About Purple Beard Training

Purple Beard is a tech training company and our vision is to

  • Help organisations with their digital transformation
  • Help individuals develop their digital skills
  • Bridge the diversity gap in the tech sector

Purple Beard provides digital skills training aligned with certification bodies in a range of technology areas such as Big Data, Data Science, Cyber security, Cloud computing, Software development and AI & Machine learning.

Purple Beard is a start-up digital skills company and we have 20+ years of Industry experience delivering successful training initiatives across a range of sectors. We are passionate about working in the Education sector. The current education landscape is constantly changing and to support you we have an experienced team who can support you during these changes.

We deliver tailored outcome-centric teaching that supports development through subject matter expert authored content and monthly reports that enable progress tracking.

We bridge the digital skills gap through tailored blended learning programs,  Apprenticeships and Traineeships to help empower people with the tools to learn and secure better jobs so they can have better, more stable and more fulfilled lives.

Our Core Values are

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Think outside the Box

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Do not play games, be Human

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Share Successes and Failures

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Together is Better

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With Passion & Quality anything is Possible

We have 4 main pillars to our Business

  1. Commercial Training – Which is Online in a range of tech areas
  2. Apprenticeships which is funded either by the employer or the Government
  3. Graduate and Trainee program
  4. International consultancy ( Government and Private sector)

As part of all our programs we offer specific pre-employment and essential skills which include the following and is embedded throughout the learning /training journey.

We deliver broader skills that can be used to empower the individual on program to prepare for jobs and interview.

We are a Main provider on ROATP and able to offer Apprenticeships in the following areas – Apprenticeships are funded either via Levy paying clients or the ESFA for Non levy paying clients.

  1. Cyber Technician Level 3
  2. Data Technician Level 3
  3. DevOps Engineer Level 4
  4. Digital Support Technician Level 3 – Pathway 1
  5. Digital Support Technician Level 3 – Pathway 2
  6. IT Technical Salesperson Level 3
  7. Junior Content Producer Level 3
  8. Software Tester Level 4

Not sure where to start? If you would like to speak to the Purple Beard team about any of our courses in more detail, please get in touch we would love to hear from you.

Our Team

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Dimple Khagram

Dimple is a serial entrepreneur and loves helping people. She has a mission to deliver apprenticeship programmes and commercial online training to in the digital space and overcome the gaps. She is passionate about working with women and underrepresented groups in Tech.

She is curious and has over 25 years in setting up businesses. She is always looking for ways to see how education can bridge the gap.

She has worked in across 7
countries throughout her career.

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Head of Strategy & Programs

Greg is our tech superstar. Greg’s skills and experience includes the following:

  • Successfully delivered multiple digital transformation, change management and service transition programmes
  • Extensive experience delivering enterprise knowledge and content management solutions using Microsoft SharePoint and Amsphere Kaams
  • Very good understanding of service oriented, enterprise service bus (ESB), microservices, public/private/hybrid cloud architectures and
    IaaS/PaaS/Serverless/SaaS models
  • Significant knowledge of products and technologies such as Microsoft 365 suite, SharePoint, Biztalk, Azure, Cognitive Services, JIRA, Confluence, Azure DevOps,Xerox DocuShare, Amazon Web Services
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Trainer for cyber and security related courses

Mike is our Security Superstar, he likes to be in Stealth mode

He is experienced in the establishment and
management of Information Security practices. Proven leadership skills with an ability to manage and motivate effective multi-skilled and multi-national teams. Good communication skills enable strong, beneficial relationships to be built across the business and with suppliers. Strong commercial experience includes managed services, outsourcing and offshoring. Flexible
and able to respond and adapt approach according company and market conditions with a pragmatic approach to information risk management.

Passionate about Information Security, demonstrable by being an active member of several professional bodies and holding the CISSP-ISSMP certification.

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Lead Trainer for Software Testing

Kripa is our Software tester and Quality Superstar.

Kripa has 7 years experience in the IT starting as a software testing graduate.   She has worked withclients like Sainsburys, Phones4u, Ladbrokes for functional and user testing.

She has also worked as a test lead working with a team of 15 new testers, mentoring them and providing them on-the-job training and support. She moved on to work as a business analysis and eventually as Scrum Product Owner.

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Resident Writer

Stuart is our Resident writer, he is great at writing about all the upcoming technology trends.

Putting his technological expertise to full use, he writes the blogs and helps Dimple with other content writing tasks. Having completed an M.A in Professional Writing and a Diploma in
Copywriting Stuart works as a full-time freelancer; his specialisms including business training, recruitment, and digital marketing. When not writing Stuart enjoys walks in the Lincolnshire countryside and playing the acoustic guitar.

Office Manager

Sue Jordan our office wizard.

Sue is our office manager and works her magic to support the team. She has over 15 years experience working for an insurance company and now supports the growing team and apprentices at Purple Beard.