Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry today hosted the Software Testers’ Academy ‘Meet the Employers’ event.
This is the fourth Software Testers’ Academy and the first of these events providing the opportunity for the participants to meet their placement company prior to their six week work placement. Twenty-one Information and Communications Technology companies and 37 participants were in attendance.
One of the participants from a previous cohort and a company representative shared their experiences, prior to the Minister conducting the allocation of trainees to employers.
Minister Farry said: “The ICT sector is an ever growing driver of a globally competitive economy for Northern Ireland. It is crucial that we support this sector to enhance the quality of our workforce, maximise employment opportunities and give our businesses a competitive edge in the global marketplace.
“The Software Testers’ Academy is an excellent example of how my Department works with employers to support graduates into employment, building on the success of the past three Software Testers’ Academies where 96% of the participants achieved employment.
“Many of the employers have been involved in all four Academies, which is testimony to their support of this initiative. My Department works with employers through this and other initiatives including ICT Apprenticeships and Software Professional Courses providing training opportunities for employment opportunities in the ICT Sector.”
The Software Testers’ Academy was designed by Northern Ireland’s top ICT companies with support from the Department for Employment and Learning and Invest Northern Ireland under the Assured Skills initiative. It was developed collectively between government and the ICT sector and is delivered by South Eastern Regional College and Belfast Met.
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster said: “Matching the skills of employees to the needs of employers is vital in helping both individuals to succeed in their chosen career paths and helping business to grow and develop. The success of the Academy demonstrates how government, academia and local companies can work together to deliver results in the ICT sector.”
The Academy provides graduates with the skills and experience required to take up exciting new opportunities in the ICT industry. Software testing and quality assurance is increasingly a key growth area in this internationally focused sector.
More information can be found at: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/skills.