Newry participants graduate from Deloitte Analytics Training Academy

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
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Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry has hosted an awards ceremony for local graduates from the Deloitte Analytics Training Academy (DATA) at Belfast Met’s e3 campus.

Jessica O’Reilly from Newry is pictured receiving her graduation certificate from Minister Farry

The Academy trained 20 graduates with the skills and accredited qualifications identified by Deloitte for new job opportunities in their Technology Studio in Belfast. Congratulating the graduates Minister Farry said, “The Deloitte Analytics Training Academy is an excellent example of how my Department’s Assured Skills programme is supporting graduates to find employment. “We have worked closely with Deloitte and Belfast Met to ensure this course met the needs of the company and successfully upskilled graduates in data analytics. “The Assured Skills initiative is designed to guarantee expanding companies that their skills needs can be provided for. This can be through a variety of activities including facilitating links with the further education and university sectors, designing bespoke training solutions or supporting recruitment and other pre-employment activities. “The Academy model has been in existence for several years and has proved extremely successful. Matching the skill sets of our graduates with industry needs is vital to ensuring that Northern Ireland remains an attractive location for inward investment and we continue to grow our local economy,” he added. The 20 graduates accepted on to the Academy were from a range of disciplines such as Social Studies, Biological Sciences, Engineering, Architecture and Philosophical Studies. Students undertook nine weeks of classroom based training at Belfast Met’s e3 campus and all 20 completed the programme. Niall Lavery, Director at Deloitte, Belfast, congratulated all involved in the programme adding, “Deloitte has a globally renowned, Northern Ireland-based Analytics capability.

Simon McCullagh from Newry is pictured receiving his graduation certificate from Minister Farry

“My team members are the best in the world at what we do and we work with organisations of all shapes and sizes to help them drive growth and efficiency through more insightful use of their information. “But we need to continue to grow rapidly and get access to the best talent available – so we’re continuing to invest in Northern Ireland to make that happen,” he insisted. “Foremost amongst these investments is the Deloitte Analytics Training Academy, delivered in partnership with the Department for Employment and Learning and Belfast Met, which is now in its second year. “This initiative continues to deliver substantial numbers of talented individuals to Deloitte, ready to get involved in projects based not only in Belfast, but also in Edinburgh, London, Sweden, the US, Australia and many more locations throughout the world. The ceremony was attended by the Academy trainees and their guests, along with representatives from Deloitte and Belfast Met.

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