DrupalAcquia, the commercial open source software company, announces the launch of Acquia U, a program to train and place Drupal developers and designers.

For most jobseekers, the current job market is brutal, at best. Drupal developers and designers, on the other hand, can still find a variety of job openings for Drupal talent. In response to the demand, Acquia created Acquia U, a training and employment program for college graduates and career changers.

Putting the You in Acquia U

The Acquia U program, which is open to recent or prospective college graduates and people planning a career change, starts in January 2012 in the Boston area. Applicants must live in the Boston area or be willing to relocate, and also must be able to work in the US.

Selected Acquia U candidates will be hired as Client Advisors and get six weeks of paid, hands-on Drupal and LAMP skills training. Candidates will also rotate through Acquia's support, engineering and professional services teams and through some Acquia partner projects to provide "real-world" experience.

After the training period, the candidates will become full-time Acquia employees or placed with an Acquia partner. According to Erich Ludwig, Acquia's Director of Learning Services, Acquia partners include Drupal development, training, design and integration companies.

Additional Drupal Developer Training

Back in August, Acquia and Lullabot, a Drupal strategy, training and development company, announced that Lullabot's Drupalize.Me training would be available through the Acquia Network, which provides Drupal development support. The Drupalize.Me site provides 369 videos with more than 156 hours of Drupal training for US$ 45 per month.

Acquia also provides training events around the globe. Topics cover a range of skills, including PHP skills for Drupal and Drupal module development.

Drupal training is also provided at the Drupal conferences, including DrupalCon Denver, which will be held March 19-23, 2012.