Belfast Telegraph

Learning Pool to harness talents of computer students

By Margaret Canning

Students in computer science will be able to apply for a scholarship scheme at a major e-learning company in Londonderry.

Learning Pool said their scheme was the latest in its initiatives to harness the talent of young people interested in working in a high growth technology firm.

The company, which employs 70 people, has developed e-learning tools to train staff at major institutions such as hotel group Jury's Inns – and the Houses of Parliament.

Tools from Learning Pool are used for induction of new staff at Jury's Inns and for catering staff at the Houses of Parliament.

Paul McElvaney, Learning Pool chief executive and co-founder, said: "We've got a proud record when it comes to giving local people a great start to their careers and this has been central to our continued success as a company

"We've introduced these scholarships to give students a unique opportunity to experience life at Learning Pool."

The company also runs a 'rising star' programme – a type of apprenticeship – in which school leavers can get training in the company, and get a chance of a job at the end of a placement.

The latest scheme is aimed at University of Ulster under-graduates in computer science.

Two successful students will start their scholarship in July 2015, receiving a bursary for their second and fourth year, and a placement for their third year.

University professor Liam Maguire said: "In addition to the financial reward, the Learning Pool Scholarship provides students with a unique taste of how rewarding, exciting and within-reach working in technology is.

"This is a great opportunity for any student to gain the experience of working for one of the leading technology firms in Northern Ireland".

Belfast Telegraph