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Farry announces 120 Software Development training opportunities

Stormont Executive press release - Department for Employment and Learning

Employment and Learning Minister Dr. Stephen Farry today announced funding for 120 training opportunities in Software Development.

The Professional Software Development courses which will commence in September 2014 aims to provide HND, degree or equivalent graduates in non IT disciplines with the skills and experience required to take up exciting new opportunities in the IT industry.

The Minister said: “The ICT Skills Action Plan challenges Government to help match the skills of the workforce with the skills our employers need. The Professional Software Development Course is an excellent example of how we are doing exactly that.

“The ICT sector is the driving force of a globally competitive economy, underpinning innovation, competitiveness and long term prosperity. It is imperative that we support this sector locally to enhance the quality of our workforce, maximise employment opportunities and give our businesses a competitive edge in the global marketplace.

“This programme proves that Government, our further education colleges and local employers can respond quickly to deliver a programme to meet the skills needs of the sector.”

The programme comprises of 17 weeks of classroom based learning delivered by all six Northern Ireland regional colleges, in the following locations - Ballymena, Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, Dungannon, Lisburn and Portadown. It will deliver accreditation of an industry recognised IT qualification, BTEC Level 5 Extended Diploma in Professional Software Development.

For the duration of the Course participants will be paid a weekly training allowance of £150 based on attendance.

Applications must be submitted online to http://spc.mindmill.co.uk before 4pm on Monday 14 July 2014. The selection process will include an online aptitude test which must be completed by 4pm on Monday 21 July 2014. Information sessions are scheduled for early August 2014 and supervised aptitude tests will take place after mid August 2014. The training course for successful applicants will start September 2014.

This course is in addition to other ICT Academy programmes such as the Cloud Academy, Software Testers’ Academy and the Data Analytics Training Academy funded and managed by the Department for Employment and Learning.

Further information is available on. www.nidirect.gov.uk/professional-software-development-course

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