Ten high quality training places available on new Data Analytics Assured Skills Academy

Date published: 18 December 2023

The Department for the Economy has announced a new Data Analytics Assured Skills Academy offering 10 high quality training places.

Data Analytics Assured Skills Academy
Data Analytics Assured Skills Academy

Successful applicants to the Assured Skills Academy will participate in an eight-week intensive training programme with Belfast Met which will position them strongly for a role in the Data Analytics sector.

Completing the course will guarantee participants an interview for a role with one of four collaborating companies.

Highlighting the opportunity, Graeme Wilkinson, Director of Skills at the Department for the Economy, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to get industry-desired pre-employment training and gain recognised qualifications in the exciting field of data analytics. Assured Skills Academies have a strong track record of upskilling participants so that they are well placed to compete for employment and we have four local companies supporting this Academy by offering data analytics roles.

“No experience in data analytics is needed. With a weekly training allowance of £175 for the duration of the Academy, as well as help with travelling costs and childcare, I encourage all who are interested and eligible to apply.”

Topics covered in the Data Analytics Assured Skills Academy will include: understanding data; Excel in data analytics; how to store, retrieve, and manipulate data; and a data analytics challenge. It will also cover personal skills for IT professionals and problem-solving skills. Candidates who successfully complete the academy have the opportunity to achieve both Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals and Microsoft Power BI certifications.

Louise Warde Hunter, Principal and Chief Executive of Belfast Met, said: “Belfast Met is delighted to partner with the Department for the Economy on this Assured Skills Academy which offers cutting-edge Data Analytics reskilling training to individuals seeking to enter this dynamic field with one of four local companies.

“This Academy will equip participants with lifelong skills essential for future careers. Our college is committed to supporting economic growth across Belfast and Northern Ireland. We look forward to supporting the development and success of a new generation of workers for this expanding area of the economy.”

Data Analytics roles are available with four supporting companies:

  • NIE
  • Open Data Belfast
  • Galvia Digital
  • Academic Fish

Applicants must hold a degree in any subject or a level 5 qualification in an IT-related subject. No experience is required.

Training will commence on Monday 12 February and finish on Tuesday 9 April 2024. Applicants should be available for the duration of the training period.

Applications are open now and close at noon on Tuesday 9 January 2024.

For more information and details of how to apply, visit nidirect

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