New initiative to meet demand for specialist ICT skills

Wednesday July 27th, 2011

Northern Ireland’s Employment and Learning Minister, Dr. Stephen Farry, and Enterprise Minister, Arlene Foster, have jointly launched the Software Testers Academy.

The pilot training programme aims to provide graduates with the skills and experience required to take up exciting new opportunities in the IT industry. Software testing and quality assurance (QA) is increasingly a key growth area in this internationally focused sector.

The programme has been designed by Northern Ireland’s top IT companies with support from the Department for Employment and Learning and Invest NI under the Department’s Assured Skills Initiative.

Arlene Foster said: “Matching the skillsets of our graduates with industry needs is vital to ensuring that Northern Ireland remains an attractive location for inward investment and a fertile ground for indigenous company growth.

“Invest NI carried out intensive research with some major ICT investors which identified a clear demand for talented people to take up high quality software testing focused employment opportunities across a wide range of sectors, from pharmaceuticals to telecoms and financial services.

“By building core software test competencies and transferable IT skills for participants, the Software Testers Academy will further strengthen the skills base, supporting the growth of a vital niche function within our important and growing ICT sector.”

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