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Thursday 17 April 2014

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Farry launches Deloitte Analytics Training Academy

Stormont Executive press release - Department for Employment and Learning

Employment and Learning Minister, Dr. Stephen Farry, today launched a brand new analytics training academy in conjunction with the Belfast studio of the professional services firm, Deloitte.

The Deloitte Analytics Training Academy aims to provide graduates with the skills and experience required to take up exciting new opportunities being created by Deloitte in analytics, a key growth area in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry.

The Minister said: “The ICT Action Plan challenges Government to help match the skills of the workforce with the skills our employers need. This new innovative Deloitte Analytics Training Academy is an excellent example of how we are doing exactly that. 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 and the local economy grow. This Programme proves that Government and our Further Education colleges can respond quickly to design a bespoke programme to fill a skills gap identified by business.”

This pilot programme has been designed by the Department for Employment and Learning, Deloitte and Belfast Metropolitan College under the Assured Skills initiative.

Targeting degree graduates from any discipline, this pilot analytics training academy will offer an intensive nine week training programme to 20 successful applicants. Successful participants will gain an industry recognised qualification and a potential offer of employment with Deloitte.

The Minister continued: “The results of the Academy style approach have been outstanding. For example with the Software Testers Academy some 92% of the participants, who were all from non-IT backgrounds, secured ongoing employment in software testing. Following on from this success, we expect similar results with the Analytics Training Academy, and I would encourage any unemployed graduate to consider a career in the vibrant and growing local ICT sector.”

Justin Edwards, Assistant Chief Executive and Director of Curriculum at Belfast Metropolitan College, said: “The College is delighted to be working with DEL and Deloitte in developing and delivering the Analytics Training Academy. The Academy will give learners a unique opportunity to gain highly sought after skills in the exciting and cutting edge field of data analytics which ensures that companies and organisations make the best business decisions.”

Danny McConnell, Technology Partner Deloitte Belfast, said: “We’re delighted to be launching the Deloitte Analytics Training Academy today. We’re always looking for new talent and enthusiasm from young people and believe initiatives such as the Training Academy will help bridge the skills gap and benefit the sector as a whole.”

Applications to the Deloitte Analytics Training Academy will close on 17 July and the training programme for successful applicants will start early September. The training will be delivered by the Belfast Metropolitan College.

Applications can now be submitted online at http://deloitte.mindmill.co.uk