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Graduate Academies - Assured Skills

Belfast Met in conjunction with the Department for the Economy and Invest Northern Ireland have, since August 2013, successfully delivered over 75 Academies under the Assured Skills Programme. Funded by DfE, this award winning suite of programmes provides an upskilled workforce within Northern Ireland which facilitates new inward investors, and provides existing employers with the human resource to enable business expansion and growth.  

The college consult with the participating employers to identify skills required and together with the organisation develop a robust and relevant bespoke training academy. The Academies are developed to upskill participants; making them recruitment ready upon graduation from the academy.  

The success of the Academy Programme is demonstrated by multiple cohorts delivered for organisations, resulting in the recruitment of the substantial majority of participants, currently 93%.  There have been over 900 graduates taking part in academies in the past three years with an average of 19 participants per academy. The duration of training for the academies is 4 – 16 weeks; the average being 6 weeks, each running Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

To date, we have designed and delivered Academies for a range of companies, across a range of sectors including, DATA Analytics, Cyber Security, Robotics, Dev Ops Human Capital, Cloud, People and Processes, Contract Management and Recruitment to name a few -

  • Neueda
  • Black Duck
  • Metaswitch
  • Alexander Mann Solutions 
  • FinTrU 
  • Deloitte 
  • EY 
  • WhiteHat 
  • PwC 
  • Arc Net
  • Teamwork   
We have also delivered academies to company clusters in the following areas - 
  • 2D Animation Academy 
  • Export Sales and Marketing Academy 

Company Feedback 

Jackie Henry, Senior Partner, Deloitte

“Deloitte’s partnership with Belfast Met has been an incredibly positive journey for Deloitte. Belfast Met have worked with flexibility, agility and dedication to co-design an academy programme, which has positively affected how Deloitte recruit graduates into the business. Our Academy programme has provided an excellent opportunity for young people to learn the vital professional skills that both Deloitte and other employers seek to embark on successful careers. With the demand and competition for highly skilled people becoming more intense in Northern Ireland, programmes like the Human Capital Academy will help to ensure that we have a steady stream of talent to safeguard future growth.”

Alexander Mann Solutions
Andy Lewington, Talent Development Manager at AMS

“The partnership between Alexander Mann Solutions and Belfast Metropolitan College and the Department for the Economy, has been key to the success of the Recruitment Academy programme. Belfast Met and the DfE have worked tirelessly to understand our business, values and behaviours to ensure they link their training to the AMS needs. This helps facilitate the personal progression of each individual’s development at AMS and within the NI Market. We are proud of our relationship with Belfast Met and DfE, and we are always looking at continually improving each academy, both in terms of delivery and content.”

Mike McKerr, Managing Partner, EY Ireland 

“We are delighted with the support from DfE as well as Belfast Met, in the shaping and delivery of this course. The Academy exemplifies our commitment to supporting clients through the investment of talent, delivery of resources, technology and analytic insights”

Student Feedback

FinTrU Academy Cohort 3 

“I believe I have grown as an individual having been a part of the programme. It has taught me the fundamentals I believe, to have a career in the industry and I can feel confident going into the workplace knowing I have learnt skills that will be required of me, and that I can put them to good use from the get go.”

PwC Academy Cohort 2

“I feel I have grown and learnt so much during the last 8 weeks and these skills will serve me well throughout the rest of my career. Regardless of obtaining a job at the end or not the 8 week course provides you with useful skills transferable to any business.”

Further information and detail of academies currently open to applications can be found here