Ministers commend Warrenpoint Software Testers Academy Graduate Robert Love

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Thursday, February 13th, 2014
Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry and Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Arlene Foster recently presented Robert Love from Warrenpoint with his certificate of achievement at an awards ceremony for graduates from the Software Testers’ Academy. The Academy trained 27 graduates with the skills and accredited qualifications identified by the 20 participating employers for new job opportunities in their respective companies. The ceremony was attended by the Academy trainees with their guests, along with employer representatives and the two delivery colleges, South Eastern Regional College, Lisburn campus and Belfast Metropolitan College. At the ceremony in the Long Gallery at Parliament Buildings, Minister Farry congratulated the graduates on completing the Academy, and said, “The Software Testers’ Academy is an excellent example of how the Department for Employment and Learning and Invest NI support graduates to find employment. “My Department worked closely with employers and the further education sector to design and develop this Academy to up skill HND and Degree graduates, from any discipline, to be Software Testers. The majority of Software Tester’ Academy trainees have gained employment with their work placement company. Farry added, “The Academy model has been very successful and is now being offered in a number of areas, including Data Analytics and Cloud Technologies. It is also being further developed to meet employer demands in other sectors including manufacturing with the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Academy.” Twenty nine completed the nine week college based training, gaining an industry recognised qualification, the foundation level ISTQB/ISEB, at SERC’s Lisburn Campus and at Belfast Met’s e3 Campus.
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