Northern Ireland's growing reputation as a financial services hub has led to the development of a specialist training course to feed the growing demand to train professionals for a career in the industry.
IT consulting and training company Neueda has just finished delivering the first Capital Markets Academy (CMA) to 19 new employees of companies including NYSE Euronext and First Derivatives.
The CMA is a 14-week software developer/technical analyst training academy for graduates with a degree from any discipline and has evolved from training programmes which Neueda delivers to investment banks.
Graduates emerge from the programme with a blend of business, technology and workplace skills which, the company said, enables them to hit the ground running in their new roles.
"Our experience with the Academy has been a real success, we have attracted great people from diverse academic backgrounds," NYSE Euronext's involvement in the programme Paul Wright, Global Head of Software Development & QA said.
"The Academy provided our graduates with a unique opportunity to develop their core skills through a tailored programme that provided a natural bridge between academia and industry."
David Bole from Neueda said the training has been carried out around the world
"We deliver similar programmes in Asia, Europe and North America and it's fantastic to be working in our home town. We are delighted with the 100% success rate of the first CMA programme and to see the graduates take up challenging roles with exceptional employers."
The initiative, which is delivered in partnership with Invest Northern Ireland, will run over three years.
The second CMA begins in May 2013 and Neueda are currently accepting applications from high-calibre graduates.
With the 100% success from the first Academy programme, there is every reason for graduates to apply.