Kickstart course unlocks exciting new opportunities in software – Derry Daily


There are only a few days left to apply for the opportunity to start a new career in the software industry, supported by local companies eager to accelerate the recruitment of new talent.

The Kickstart IT course, funded by the Department of the Economy, is an industry-led 16 week course for students at HNC / D level and above. Participants will receive specialized training to enable them to successfully apply for computer software roles.

The course starts at the start of the year and there are still a few places left for anyone considering a future in the IT industry.

Local man Joe McCay is just one of those who have already discovered a new successful career path thanks to the opportunities opened up by the course.

Joe was a musician who found himself out of work during the lockdown and looking for a job that would offer both security and an exciting new challenge.

Since starting the Kickstart IT course, Joe has found a new opportunity and has never looked back as he explains.

“Although I have enjoyed working in the music industry, I can honestly say that now is in IT that I see my career evolving. I am currently working as a QA tester and really enjoy the challenge.

“There are so many opportunities in the IT industry, all I see now is a positive future for me. I highly recommend that you speak to the Council if you even think this is an area you would like to work in.

“It has been a transformation for me and has opened up so many new opportunities in terms of employment and security.”

The full-time course will start on January 10 and offers students a minimum four-week internship at a local software company and a guaranteed job interview at the end with participating companies.

Derry City and Strabane District Council business manager Kevin O’Connor said the course will provide students with the opportunity to gain a competitive edge in the local job market.

“We are excited to be working with North West Regional College and local IT companies to offer a specially tailored course that will help alleviate the shortage of computer programmers in our region.

“The course incorporates employability sessions that aim to improve the personal development of candidates to give the best possible chances during the application process.

“These include assistance in filling out the application form, advice on improving interview skills, mock interview comments, and help in delivering presentations.

“These are skills that participants can use whether or not they choose to pursue a career in IT upon completion of the course. “

Applicants should be fully available throughout the duration of the training program, which will be delivered through a blended classroom and online learning approach.

Successful students will earn qualifications in the ISTQB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing, a City and Guilds Diploma for Software Developers, and a City and Guilds Unit Credit Certificate related to the SQL module.

North West Regional College computer science lecturer Kevin McLaughlin revealed that despite the short nature of the course, students will learn a wide range of programming functions.

“This software fundamentals course will allow students without any computer training to quickly acquire a range of programming skills and languages ​​that they can practice in the workplace,” he said.

“It includes Java, SQL and UX Fundamentals modules as well as software testing and design.

“The local software industry is growing, especially in today’s climate, and successful completion of this course can leave applicants highly equipped to successfully find and thrive in employment. “

For an application, contact Eileen McGrinder on 07595216249 or by email [email protected]

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