Koenig is riding on the back of the offshore boom, which has taken foot in India since the economy was liberalised in 1991. According to NASSCOM, the Indian Association of Software and Service companies, Business Process Outsourcing in India accounted for $11 billion revenues in 2008. With the economic squeeze continuing in the West, this figure is set to increase as businesses look to cut costs.
In the next five years, Koenig has big plans. “We want to run IT training courses in French and German so that more people can study here”, says Aggarwal.
What Koenig offers
• Cut price alternative to UK training
• Authorised IT certification courses
• Bootcamps, slow track, fast track and one-on-one support
• Experienced trainers
• Latest equiptment
• End-to-end solution –fees include travel, food and accommodation
• Combined tourism and training packages
• Choice of destinations
Koenig student, Dean Smith
I chose to study in India because a Microsoft certification here is a quarter of the price of the UK provider I was looking at. The two exams I’m doing cost £2,600, but in the UK it was just shy of £10,000. I may have flown 4,000 miles to do the course, but I’ve saved myself loads of cash.
I was recently made redundant after 9 years at Adecco. But I’m not looking at it as a negative. I’ve taken my redundancy money and spent it on this training. This way I’m increasing my chances of reemployment and will increase my salary.
The training here doesn’t compare to the training I’ve done in the UK in any way. It’s better. My instructor is 24, his English is excellent and he can code incredibly quickly. I’ve gained more knowledge just being here for a week than I have working on the job for years.
I would recommend it to other people, but I don’t think it’s for everyone. Delhi is mad and I think you have to be prepared to deal with it. Having said that, the service I’ve been given has been great. Everyone has been very supportive. They know why you’re here and they do their utmost to make your stay as simple as possible.
Koenig CEO, Rohit Aggarwal
As a training company, Koenig is unique. We are based in India but our courses are designed for western students. Our customers come across the world - Europe, Australia and Africa – because we provide quality training at good prices. We have over 100 students studying with us each month and even after flights and accommodation, our courses cost half what IT professionals pay in the UK.
Our focus is not only on certification. We like to teach trainees how to problem solve and customize our courses around their specific requirements. Koenig courses are flexible and we offer on-to-one training, starting any day, so IT professionals can fit studying around their careers.
The trainers at Koenig are highly experienced and all speak good English. In India there are many highly trained IT professionals and because the costs of living are low, we can provide the best teachers at good prices.
With the lower cost of IT training, contractors and smaller companies can afford to send their staff on courses. This adds value to businesses and clients and means that certified IT professionals can charge more for their services. Larger businesses who want to save money are also sending employees to us.
Koenig trainees can expect the latest equipment at our training centres. Class sizes are small, with less than five in a class, and all students get individual attention from trainers.