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Training Centre
Newark, Notts

Administration office:
High Park Farm
Swinderby Road
Nr. Newark
Notts NG23 7NZ.

An Introduction to the company

man at desk First Alternative was founded in 1989 by Mick Hosegood, formerly Sun Microsystems (RIP) UK Customer Training Manager. We are a small (in size) training company, specialising in Linux and related courses. We're constantly thinking up new ideas, and always trying to improve what we offer. Our Solaris courses are retired from the end of October 2017.

Our Linux courses are designed to comply with the Oracle, RedHat and CentOS Enterprise Linux v8 operating systems.

Our Contact Details

Email: enquiries@firstalt.co.uk
Telephone: +44(0)7736-475838
Post: First Alternative, High Park Farm, Swinderby Road, Collingham, Newark, NG23 7NZ

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First Alternative aim to give a personalised and cost-effective service to our customers. We remain independent, and believe this gives us the maximum flexibility to meet YOUR needs.

About half of our courses are scheduled courses (see the descriptions on the linked pages) and the rest of our work is with tailored courses on your site. We also offer consultancy for Oracle databases on Solaris and Linux platforms in conjunction with Skillbuilders Inc.

The Unbelieveably Flexible First Alternative...
We call ourselves a "customer responsive organisation" which quite simply means our aim is to deliver whatever training you need, however you want it. Whatever the competence, we bring delegates to a new found level of confidence and knowledge. We can develop customised training programmes and on-site, one-company training packages specific to your company's needs. We'll provide just what you need to be able to spring into action.
The Cost Effective First Alternative...
As an independent and niche-focused company we are the first choice for better value training with a better pricing structure. But we don't just offer great value for money, we offer great value for less money. At First Alternative, we can provide you with a saving of between 30% and 50%(+) on all courses. Take into account the 10% discount on block bookings and you'll soon see why with First Alternative, Finance directors are full of beans!
The Uniquely Supportive First Alternative...
Our training support does not finish when the course does. We offer real support as you implement what you have learned. We have an informal post-course help line to answer delegates' questions. Our highly informative Web Site is constantly updated to provide you with the most up-to-date information. From it, you can download information used on your course so that you can practice back at the office on non-live data. If what you need to know is not on the curriculum we make sure you won't go cuckoo if you've got a problem.
The Crucially Independent First Alternative...
Unlike some training providers, at First Alternative you'll find nobody is pulling our strings. We are customer-driven, not vendor-compliant, so we can give you an unbiased, objective appraisal of product. Our team of carefully selected instructors are all highly experienced, real-world practitioners themselves. They are fully sympathetic to customer needs and want to help you get the best out of your systems.
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