New training places on Assured Skills Academy with Version 1 announced

  • The Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has announced 20 training places on a new Assured Skills Academy with IT services provider Version 1.

    Successful applicants to the Assured Skills Academy will receive eight weeks of industry-relevant pre-employment training at Belfast Met.

    Completing the Academy guarantees an interview for a role with Version 1 in Belfast.

    The Assured Skills Academy is the second in a series of six following the announcement in June that the company is creating 180 jobs.

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    The Minister said: “ Twenty people will receive high quality training that positions them strongly for a post in the dynamic local IT services sector.”

    Mr. Lyons also added: “Version 1 provides IT services for a wide range of global brands, and to do so the company needs people with specialist skills. My Department’s Assured Skills Academies have a track record of equipping participants with the skills employers need in order to flourish and grow, and this has been particularly true in the digital and tech fields.”

    Lorna McAdoo,Director of Operations Version 1 NI, also commented on the new roles stating: “These Assured Skills Academies will continue to run over the next two years and represent our ongoing commitment to Northern Ireland and our ambition to be one of the most successful IT companies here. Investment in local tech and IT talent who can help our customers accelerate their digital transformation is paramount to this ambition.”

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    Participants in the Version 1 Assured Skills Academies will study areas including Microsoft Azure Fundamentals, Cyber Security, Software Testing, Design Thinking and MTA Software Programming Using Java.

    Experience is not required but applicants must hold at least a 2:2 degree in any discipline, or a level 5 qualification in an ICT or STEM Subject.  

    Applications for the second Version 1 Assured Skills Academy are open now and close at 5pm on Wednesday 20 October. Training for successful applicants will run from Monday 22 November 2021 to Monday 31 January 2022 with a two-week Christmas break.

    Source: Written from press release.

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