Stephen is starting a new IT career after a part-time course at NWRC

The Derry man is one of hundreds embarking on a career in IT after gaining NWRC qualifications which include esports, information and creative technology and software development.

Stephen started the Level 4 Diploma in Software Testing in September and also achieved ISTQB Foundation certification. The 38-year-old previously worked as a website moderator and customer service adviser for four years before launching his IT career at NWRC.

He said: “I decided to enroll in the course because I wanted a new career, new perspectives and opportunities for career development. I wanted a better work-life balance and a better work schedule, so I contacted the NWRC for details of the course and available funding. Previously, I had looked at a number of IT programs and courses as I wanted to train and get a job in the IT industry, but they all had a basic certificate or additional requirements. However, when I saw this course, I thought it was perfect. Within 5 weeks of starting this course, I was interviewed for a QA Analyst position at Synergy Learning, allowing me to put into practice the knowledge and skills I have acquired so far. while completing my course.

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Kevin McLaughlin, NWRC Computing Lecturer & IT Software Fundamentals Kickstart Course Coordinator pictured with Stephen Leppard. (photo Martin McKeown).

Stephen added: “I would advise anyone interested in a career in IT and wondering whether they should contact the NWRC Business Support Center who can help you explore courses and financing options.”

Kevin McLaughlin, NWRC Computer Science Lecturer and Kickstart IT Software Fundamentals Course Coordinator, said: portfolio of works. . The course content is designed for people of all skill levels and gives students the opportunity to train for and gain employment in the rapidly growing IT industry with a variety of roles.

Tory Kerley, People Manager at Synergy Learning, added, “We are delighted to welcome Stephen to the team. The ability to hire directly from a highly relevant course is a huge advantage as an employer while also giving us the ability to provide real opportunities for students. »

or www.nwrc.ac.uk/business/business-programmes/kickstart-it-programmeTory said: “Working with the college and allowing us to develop this partnership to hire ambitious students who are looking to develop their careers in this positive way like Stephen is a really exciting prospect for us, especially in the field of technology recruitment which can be extremely competitive.

Kevin concluded, “I would personally like to thank all of the students who initially applied for the course. I also wish Stephen good luck and look forward to working with him throughout the academic year to further improve his software testing skills. I would highly recommend anyone looking to improve their software testing skills to contact me as there are many great courses with job opportunities. “

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