NI technology firm offering on-the-job degree
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.