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Firebrand names latest winner of 'Training for Life'

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Firebrand has announced the latest winner of its 'Training for Life' competition. Mario Henkel, is an IT Administrator working for ponturo consulting AG in Frankfurt. He will gain a lifetime of free access to 200+ IT, security and project management courses. His prize is estimated to be worth over £1 million.


Firebrand Training is delighted to announce the second winner of the 'Free Training for Life' (FTFL) competition. A prize estimated to be worth over £1 million*.

Starting today, Mario Henkel will gain access to a lifetime’s worth of free training courses and exams from Firebrand. He’ll be able to choose from 200+ IT, security and project management courses. The 26-year-old from Aschaffenburg, Germany, currently works for ponturo consulting AG as an IT Administrator.

Firebrand Training UK Managing Director, Emma Seaman said:

We are excited to be awarding Mario this life changing prize. We cannot wait to see him taking full advantage of this opportunity and shaping his future career. By gaining just a single certification, research shows, Mario could increase his earning power 3x over in his lifetime. Just think what unlimited certifications will do for him.

Responding to winning 'Free Training for Life' and what it meant to him, Mario said:

This is incredible, I can’t believe I won Free Training for Life! I am still processing the opportunities this prize can create for me. I have already decided to take the Certified Ethical Hacking course first. As I’m responsible for our IT system’s security, the knowledge I gain from this certification will be invaluable in protecting the company’s assets. I cannot wait to get started.

When talking about Mario’s first choice of certification, Firebrand Training UK Managing Director, Emma Seaman went on to say:

Mario has made an excellent first choice in selecting the CEH course from EC-Council. He will come away with the knowledge to significantly boost the information security posture of his organisation. In being taught to think like a hacker, Mario will learn how best to fend off any attacks on his organisations network and systems.

Mario’s prize includes all training fees, exam fees, course books, food and accommodation, and he can take the training in any of Firebrand’s training centres across Europe.

Firebrand would like to thank all 15,000 contestants for entering 'Free Training for Life' and wish them well in their future careers. If all entrants made the choice to take at least one certification course with Firebrand, they would increase their salaries by around £75 million** over the next year.

Notes to editors

* £1 million is calculated based on a 25 year-old winning and choosing £15K of training a year for the next 40 years with an inflation rate of 2.5% per year. The total value of training over 40 years would be £1,011,038 million.

** Average salary in the UK for an IT role £35,000. The average salary with a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification ( is £40,000. Increase in salary £5,000  x 15000 = £75million

For more information contact:
PR Manager - Edward Jones
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Email: ejones [at] firebrandtraining [dot] co [dot] uk