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FPGA Training providing essential skills

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ESTABLISHED in 2006, Black Box Consulting , the Authorised Training Provider for Xilinx across Australia and New Zealand, assists companies across the three complementing areas of coaching, consulting and recruitment, including FPGA training.

“We offer the opportunity to gain knowledge in a broad range of technical areas within the FPGA industry from design skills, implementation and application specific modules”, said Peter Boxall, owner of Black Box Consulting.

With seven years previous experience working for Xilinx in the UK, Boxall has invaluable expertise in FPGA technologies.

“My exposure to technical recruitment highlighted a shortage of engineers with significant experience in FPGA technologies within Australia”, said Boxall.

“I have also seen that companies are not always willing to put the time, effort or money into sourcing them. Australia has the advantage of being a great lifestyle change for many skilled overseas people, but it can be incredibly difficult to convince some companies that looking overseas is a viable option.”

Boxall also highlighted the lack of opportunities given to graduates, due to lack of FPGA training.

“Companies are not willing to put the time into training them. Black Box Consulting is currently in contact with a number of universities to allow students to attend training courses as part of the Xilinx University Program, which will ensure that a number of graduates enter the workforce with significant FPGA skills.”

Among the services offered by Black Box Consulting, FPGA training is of foremost importance.

“Training increases the skill sets of employee’s and improves their efficiency through the design and implementation process”, Boxall said.

“The companies need to allocate budget and also valuable engineering time in a market which is driven by time to market and cost. I have been involved in many projects which have gone months over schedule due to lack of training.

“I believe, in a market where talent is hard to find, it is very important to consider that employee’s who receive training ultimately gain more job satisfaction and companies will gain strong loyal teams,” concluded Boxall.

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