Belfast Telegraph

Employment minister launches 40 graduate placements with Deloitte

Employment Minister Stephen Farry has launched two programmes equipping graduates to take up posts at business advisers Deloitte.

The programmes are aimed at graduates of any discipline and involve nine and six-week placements for 40 successful applicants.

There are 20 places on a data analytics programme and another 20 on a human resources/project leadership consulting academy.

The programmes have been designed by the Department for Employment and Learning, Deloitte and Belfast Metropolitan College under the Assured Skills initiative.

Successful participants will gain relevant industry training and skills and a potential offer of employment with Deloitte.

The Minister said: "Companies such as Deloitte are the key drivers of the economic growth in Northern Ireland.

"The academies are excellent examples of government interventions to enhance the skills of unemployed graduates whilst providing skills that employers have identified as a requirement for the future of our economy.

"The academy model has been very successful and has been offered in a number of areas, including data analytics, software testing and cloud technologies.

"It is also being further developed to meet employer demands in other sectors."

He said out-of-work graduates could offer a "vast wealth of skills and qualifications".

"The academy model is an extremely effective way of harnessing those skills, and vital in encouraging economic growth in Northern Ireland."

Applications will close on January 22 at 4pm. Training will start on March 2.

Applications can now be submitted online at:

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