NI tech­nol­ogy firm of­fer­ing on-the-job de­gree

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Job Finder - BY EMMA DEIGHAN

A Belfast-head­quar­tered tech­nol­ogy firm is tak­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for its 2019 Com­put­ing Sys­tems de­gree.

Dig­i­tal ser­vices provider Kainos plc has opened ap­pli­ca­tions for its ‘Earn as you Learn’ scheme.

The scheme is avail­able to any­one study­ing STEM sub­jects want­ing to be­gin a ca­reer in IT. Kainos will fund the Com­put­ing Sys­tems de­gree for each suc­cess­ful ap­pli- cant and pay them a “com­pet­i­tive” salary, as well as pro­vid­ing book and study al­lowances.

Conor Mccourt, a soft­ware en­gi­neer and Earn as you Learn ap­pren­tice, said: “Be­ing in the thick of the ac­tion and get­ting solid in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence is a great way for me to learn. I’m bet­ter equipped to han­dle the de­mands of the work­ing world and I’ve got a few years head start in the in­dus­try.

“At univer­sity, you learn the the­ory. But at work, you put that learn­ing to use. It’s a re­ally in­no­va­tive en­vi­ron­ment here and the train­ing, sup­port and men­tor­ship Kainos pro­vides is bril­liant.

“And the fact that I will grad­u­ate with­out any stu­dent loans was a mas­sive in­cen­tive,” he said.

The scheme is de­liv­ered in part­ner­ship with Ul­ster Univer­sity. Par­tic­i­pants join Kainos as ap­pren­tice soft­ware en­gi­neers, with one day each week ded­i­cated to part-time study for a de­gree in Com­put­ing Sys­tems. Those se­lected for the pro­gramme grad­u­ate with a de­gree, with no debt and on-the-job ex­pe­ri­ence.

Bren­dan Mooney, Kainos’ chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “Earn as you Learn is a fan­tas­tic way to get the best of both worlds — ex­po­sure to the work­place, on real projects with high-pro­file clients, while get­ting an ed­u­ca­tion at the same time.

“The pace of tech­no­log­i­cal change is faster than ever. So, any­one who can ob­tain both in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence and an ed­u­ca­tion at the same time will have the ad­van- tage. They get to ap­ply what they have learned in univer­sity and get a head start in their ca­reer.”

The Earn as You Learn ap­pren­tice­ship is part of Kainos Acad­emy, along with the com­pany’s an­nual A.I. Camp and Code­camp ini­tia­tives, all of which are de­liv­ered in an ef­fort to find tal­ented young peo­ple and help them ful­fil their po­ten­tial through world­class train­ing and men­tor­ing.

Kainos Acad­emy was launched in 2011 to tackle the tech in­dus­try’s dig­i­tal skills gap. The firm is en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to meet its ex­ist­ing ap­pren­tice soft­ware en­gi­neers at the up­com­ing Skills North­ern Ire­land (NI) event, where they will be tak­ing a stand.

Skills NI takes place in the Ti­tanic Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre to­mor­row and Thurs­day.

Kainos Group plc pro­vides dig­i­tal ser­vices and dig­i­tal plat­forms, in­clud­ing full life-cy­cle devel­op­ment and sup­port of cus­tomised dig­i­tal ser­vices for govern­ment and com­mer­cial cus­tomers.

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