Dodds announces 20 training places on Assured Skills Academy with KPMG

Date published: 29 March 2021

Economy Minister Diane Dodds today announced 20 high quality training places on a Cyber Security Assured Skills Academy with KPMG.

Economy Minister Diane Dodds
Economy Minister Diane Dodds

Open to applications from people with a degree in any discipline, or a level 5 qualification in an ICT or STEM related subject, the Assured Skills Academy will see participants receive industry-relevant pre-employment training with Belfast Met from 1 June to 9 August.

Completing the training guarantees participants an interview for a role at KPMG’s Belfast Centre of Excellence.

Highlighting the opportunity, the Minister said:

“I am very pleased to announce this Assured Skills Academy with KPMG, focussing on the cutting edge area of cyber security.

“This is the second Assured Skills Academy with KPMG, following the announcement in February that the company is creating 200 new jobs, with the potential to fill 160 of those through Assured Skills Academies.

“With no experience needed, this is a fantastic opportunity to join a multinational company with an expanding presence in Northern Ireland and I urge anyone who is interested and eligible to apply.”   

Johnny Hanna, Partner in Charge of KPMG in Northern Ireland, said:

“We are delighted to offer graduates from any discipline the opportunity to develop a professional career in cyber security in a friendly, challenging and supportive environment. This is an ideal opportunity for those who have a natural curiosity to understand and solve complex business challenges, and a desire to become the digital business leaders of tomorrow.”

The Assured Skills Academy will provide training in areas including Cisco Networking Essentials, MTA Security Fundamentals, EC Council Ethical Hacking, AZ 900, AZ 500 and EC Council Cyber Forensics Associate. Participants will also receive £155 per week training allowance.

Louise Warde Hunter, Principal and Chief Executive of Belfast Met, said:

“This is the second Assured Skills Academy that will be delivered by Belfast Met with KPMG and DfE this year. Belfast Met is committed to working with industry partners and learners so that the future workforce will have vital industry skills that are in demand by employers. The career boosting training that participants receive will provide essential skills and life-changing employment opportunities.”

Applications for the KPMG Cyber Security Assured Skills Academy are open now and close at noon on Friday 16 April.

For more information and to apply visit the Assured Skills Academies page on nidirect.

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  1. Assured Skills is a pre-employment training programme run by the Department for the Economy. More information is available on the Department's website.
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