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Digital Futures Initiatives launched for graduates

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Published: 9 October 2020

Belfast Met has announced that it is leading on a new Digital Futures initiative, in partnership with three other further education colleges: SERC, SRC and SWC. Digital Futures is funded by the Department for the Economy and will offer graduates an opportunity to gain the skills and qualifications to enable them to pursue a career within the IT sector. Digital Futures was developed with the Belfast City Regional Deal partnership as a response to the challenges posed by Covid-19 and the need to support people impacted due to the ongoing pandemic, and recognising the need to invest in skills to support the growth of the IT sector in NI.

Belfast Met’s Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Louise Warde Hunter confirmed, “Digital Futures will offer graduates, who may have never considered a career in IT previously, the opportunity to gain industry relevant qualifications and work experience within the IT sector. While many sectors of the Northern Ireland economy have experienced significant challenges due to the impact of Covid, the IT sector continues to grow and can offer real employment opportunities for participants on this programme.

The Digital Futures courses offer great career opportunities to graduates in the fast-growing local IT sector, with training available across a range of technologies. There are 55 places for graduates across the three strands of Digital Futures in Cloud, Data Analytics and Cyber. Digital Futures graduates will gain industry-recognised qualifications and the offer of a placement to apply their newly developed skills and knowledge, as well as a weekly training allowance of £150 per week.

Economy Minister Diane Dodds, said, “I am keenly aware of the impact covid-19 has had on the employment of so many people across a wide range of sectors. That is why I announced 3,000 funded online training places to be delivered by the colleges and universities, representing an investment of £4.6million. The Digital Futures element, to be led by Belfast Met in conjunction with three other local FE colleges, will give people the opportunity to upskill and reskill, enabling them to pursue a career in the vibrant and growing local IT sector.

“Developing the skills of our people right across Northern Ireland is a key priority for me as we begin the process of rebuilding our economy. This investment builds on my previous announcement in June of £1.7million for online training places and I am determined to keep skills at the centre of our long term strategic plans. I urge anyone who is eligible to access this free training opportunity.”

The Digital Futures courses are approximately ten-week intensive training programme, followed by a ten-week placement opportunity with a local IT or technology company. No previous experience or IT is needed but applicants must be at least 18 years old, be eligible to work in the UK and have a degree in any discipline.

Belfast Met is delighted to be delivering the Digital Futures Cloud course. Applications open on the 7th October closing on the 19th October. The course will commence on Monday 9th November 2020 to Friday 29th January 2021 (10 weeks which includes a two-week break from 21st December to 1st January 2021).

Click here for more information on all three courses.

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