Sync NI Recap: Top 5 tech stories of the week (April 8th - April 12th)

  • Last week was a good one for students seeking opportunities in the tech industry, with several new and returning schemes opening for applications. Danske Bank launched its Danske Futures pathway that combines a degree with a practical apprenticeship, and the Digital Futures campaign opened with an opportunity to win a trip to the US for students in years 8 to 11. The winners were also announced for the 2019 Northern Ireland Equality and Diversity Awards, 75 new Belfast Jobs were announced at GLL, and controversy kicked off over a UK government proposal for a new "Online Harms" watchdog.

    It can be difficult to follow all of the tech news as it comes out, but you don't want to miss a big announcement or the latest development in the NI business scene. With that in mind, below is a list of the top five tech stories we covered this week with links and an excerpt from each:

    UK Government proposes new "Online Harms" watchdog
    In a new whitepaper published today, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has proposed the formation of an independent watchdog dedicated to combatting online harms. The group would seek out illegal activity and content deemed unacceptable on popular online platforms and would be empowered to issue fines and impose liabilities on the platform holders. ... [Continue Reading]

    Danske Bank launches Danske Futures apprenticeship for students
    For those finishing their A-Levels and considering their next steps, the choice between university and work can be a difficult one to make. Many jobs have a relevant degree as part of their essential criteria, but additional years of experience in your chosen field puts you ahead of the pack when applying for jobs.

    But what if you didn't have to choose between an industry job and education? Danske Bank and Ulster University have partnered to create an apprenticeship programme for school leavers finishing their A-Levels that combines a practical apprenticeship in the banking sector with a relevant degree-level qualification. ... [Continue Reading]

    Winners announced for Northern Ireland Equality and Diversity Awards 2019
    Every company aims to ensure equality and diversity within its organisation, and each year a few firms really stand out from the crowd for their work in these areas. The annual Northern Ireland Equality and Diversity Awards recognise NI businesses that have a demonstrable commitment to advocating equality and diversity within their organisations, and give them the opportunity to showcase the great work they're doing toward that goal. ... [Continue Reading]

    GLL announces 75 new Belfast jobs as part of £105m leisure investment
    The social enterprise that operates leisure facilities across Northern Ireland has announced 75 new permanent jobs across Belfast as part of a new investment in the city's leisure facilities.

    GLL currently runs leisure facilities across Belfast in partnership with the Belfast City Council, managing 14 leisure centres in total. The social enterprise has now announced the creation of 75 new permanent job roles in three of its new Belfast facilities that are due to open in late 2019 and early 2020. ... [Continue Reading]

    Digital Futures scheme will give tech-savvy students a wealth of opportunities
    The team behind Northern Ireland's largest digital and technology conference, Digital DNA, aims to help showcase opportunities for young people with its Digital Futures campaign, which has just re-opened for a second year after its success last year. As part of the scheme, the top young tech talent in Northern Ireland will be flown to the US on a VIP trip to see what the tech sector has to offer them.

    The scheme is open to post-primary school students in years 8 to 11 (ages 12 to 16) and will kick off in September with a 6-8 week course that will see teams of six students develop ... [Continue Reading]

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    Brendan is a Sync NI writer with a special interest in the gaming sector, programming, emerging technology, and physics. To connect with Brendan, feel free to send him an email or follow him on Twitter.

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