Dodds launches software testing and automation Assured Skills Academy with PwC

Date published: 02 February 2021

Economy Minister Diane Dodds today announced a new Assured Skills Academy with PwC offering 20 high quality training places for people with degrees.

Economy Minister Diane Dodds
Economy Minister Diane Dodds

The Academy will focus on software testing and automation and will see participants receive nine weeks of online training from Belfast Met. Participants who complete the course will be guaranteed an interview for a role with PwC’s Belfast team.

Commenting on the Academy, the Minister said:

“I am pleased to announce this latest Assured Skills Academy with PwC, part of a series of Academies with the company being rolled out over a five-year period with a view to recruiting 600 new staff.

“In this Assured Skills Academy participants will gain the cutting edge skills they need to start a career in business services with PwC’s dynamic Belfast team.

“Assured Skills Academies are a proven method of helping people reskill while also facilitating growing companies to recruit the skilled people they need.

“This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is eligible to kick-start a career in the field of software testing and automation in the business services sphere.”

Course content will cover areas including: software development lifecycles, software testing, automation, several coding languages and methodologies such as Agile and Waterfall.  

Deborah Stevenson, Operate Director at PwC, said:

“We’re delighted to continue to support the Assured Skills Academy programme. Creating access and different pathways into employment, and a potential career in software and automation, is essential and provides an opportunity to help foster and grow our future talent.”

Louise Warde Hunter, Principal and Chief Executive at Belfast Met, added:

“We are delighted to be working on this latest series of academies with PwC and DfE. Through this programme, participants will receive the most up-to-date, industry-relevant training on software testing, giving them the best chance possible to gain employment on completion. Assured Skills Academies have an excellent track record in supporting participants to secure employment, and we look forward to that success continuing with this programme.”

Applications for the PwC Software Testing and Automation Assured Skills Academy are open now and will close on 15 February 2021.

Applicants must hold a minimum 2:2 in any degree discipline.

For more information and to apply, visit nidirect

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