Deloitte organises graduate training
Graduates will get the chance to undergo an intensive nine-week training course in data analytics run by global business services firm Deloitte.
A key growth area in the ICT industry, data analysis is helping the world's biggest companies target marketing and work more productively.
The firm has launched the Deloitte Analytics Training Academy, where degree graduates from any discipline will gain an industry-recognised qualification and a potential offer of employment. There are 20 places available on the scheme.
Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry said that the academy-style approach had helped 93% of participants secure employment. "Following on from this success, we expect similar results from this year's Deloitte Analytics Training Academy, and I would encourage any unemployed graduate to consider a career in the vibrant and growing local ICT sector," he said.
He added: "If we are to realise the ICT sector's full potential, it is clear that more needs to be done to improve the match between the skills of those people in the workforce and the skills our employers require to help our companies grow.
"This academy proves that Government and our colleges can respond quickly to design programmes to fill a skills gap."
Niall Lavery, head of data engineering with Deloitte, added: "Our graduates have demonstrated great creative problem-solving ability and 'business ready' technical skills."
He added: "As a result they have been able to play key roles on projects for some of our key clients, both in Belfast and much further abroad.
"We feel confident that the 2013 graduates will be in a position to mentor and manage the new intake."
Applications to the Deloitte Analytic Training Academy will close on Tuesday June 24 at 4pm.
The training will be delivered by the Belfast Metropolitan College.
Applications can be submitted at http://deloitte.mindmill.co.uk.