Alchemy launches second Assured Skills Academy with NWRC

Date published: 07 January 2019

Alchemy Technology Services in Derry~Londonderry has launched its second Assured Skills Academy offering 20 training places and a potential career path in the company.

Alchemy launches second Assured Skills Academy with NWRC
John Harkin (middle) Founder and Director of Alchemy Technology Services with successful recruits from the company’s first Academy, Technical Analyst Jordan Cairns and PMO Analyst Olivia Skuce

Funded by the Department for the Economy and delivered in conjunction with North West Regional College (NWRC), the Academy will give five weeks of industry-relevant pre-employment training to successful applicants and a guaranteed job interview at Alchemy Technology Services upon completion of the course.

Speaking about the Academy, Ann Williamson, Head of Employer Skills at the Department for the Economy, said: “Following the successful establishment of Alchemy Technology Services in the North West last year, this second Academy is an excellent opportunity for local people to get involved in an exciting sector and kick-start their career.

“The Department’s Assured Skills Academies help to support the local economy by offering employers access to people with the right skills to help their expanding businesses thrive. In 2018 more than 1,300 jobs were promoted through Assured Skills Academies and we are continuing to work with businesses, Further Education colleges and universities to deliver more Academies across a range of sectors.”

John Harkin, Director and Founder of Alchemy Technology Services, said: “Alchemy is committed to growing our business in the North West and to this end we are delighted to once again be working with North West Regional College and the Department to offer 20 people high quality training opportunities and a guaranteed interview at Alchemy to those who complete the training.

“Our first Academy proved very popular and this new Academy will build on that success. Applicants do not require any experience; all we ask for is a good academic qualification in a business or IT related discipline at HND or above. Academy participants will receive training with NWRC that will enable them to hit the ground running at Alchemy and launch a career in insurance technology.”

Nicola Curry, Business Development Manager at NWRC, added: “NWRC has established strong links with the local business community. Whether it be training new and existing staff, or providing cutting edge research and innovation expertise, the college, with support from the Department for the Economy, can help local businesses to maximise their potential and go further than before.

“We look forward to delivering training to the next cohort of trainees for the Alchemy Technology Services Assured Skills Academy and equipping them with the skills they need to excel in their future career.”

Applications for the second Alchemy Technology Services Assured Skills Academy are open until 23 January 2019. Previous experience is not required but a good academic result (such as a BSC in Computer Science or equivalent from third level institution) is desirable with the minimum level of education required to be successful in the role being HND in an IT related discipline. A degree in a Business / Finance area with technology included will also be considered, with any European language skills being a plus.

For more information and details of how to apply visit nidirect Assured Skills page.

Notes to editors: 

1.Assured Skills is a pre-employment training programme run by the Department for the Economy. More information at: Assured Skills programme.

2. Photo caption: John Harkin (middle) Founder and Director of Alchemy Technology Services with successful recruits from the company’s first Academy, Technical Analyst Jordan Cairns and PMO Analyst Olivia Skuce.

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