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Digital Futures Initiatives launched for graduates

Belfast Met has announced that it is leading on a new Digital Futures initiative, in partnership with three other further education colleges: SERC, SRC and SWC.




Digital Futures is funded by the Department for the Economy and will offer graduates an opportunity to gain the skills and qualifications to enable them to pursue a career within the IT sector.

Digital Futures was developed with the Belfast City Regional Deal partnership as a response to the challenges posed by Covid-19 and the need to support people impacted due to the ongoing pandemic, and recognising the need to invest in skills to support the growth of the IT sector in NI.



Economy Minister Diane Dodds, said, “I am keenly aware of the impact covid-19 has had on the employment of so many people across a wide range of sectors.

“That is why I announced 3,000 funded online training places to be delivered by the colleges and universities, representing an investment of £4.6million.


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“The Digital Futures element, to be led by Belfast Met in conjunction with three other local FE colleges, will give people the opportunity to upskill and reskill, enabling them to pursue a career in the vibrant and growing local IT sector.

“Developing the skills of our people right across Northern Ireland is a key priority for me as we begin the process of rebuilding our economy.



“This investment builds on my previous announcement in June of £1.7million for online training places and I am determined to keep skills at the centre of our long term strategic plans.

“I urge anyone who is eligible to access this free training opportunity,” she added.

The Digital Futures courses offer great career opportunities to graduates in the fast-growing local IT sector, with training available across a range of technologies.

There are 55 places for graduates across the three strands of Digital Futures in Cloud, Data Analytics and Cyber.

Digital Futures graduates will gain industry-recognised qualifications and the offer of placement to apply their newly developed skills and knowledge, as well as a weekly training allowance of £150 per week.

Belfast Met’s Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Louise Warde Hunter confirmed, “Digital Futures will offer graduates, who may have never considered a career in IT previously, the opportunity to gain industry-relevant qualifications and work experience within the IT sector.



“While many sectors of the Northern Ireland economy have experienced significant challenges due to the impact of Covid, the IT sector continues to grow and can offer real employment opportunities for participants on this programme,” he added.

The Digital Futures courses are approximately ten-week intensive training programme, followed by a ten-week placement opportunity with a local IT or technology company.

No previous experience or IT is needed but applicants must be at least 18 years old, be eligible to work in the UK and have a degree in any discipline.

Belfast Met will be delivering the Digital Futures Cloud course.

Applications opened on the 7 October and close on the 19 October 2020.

The course will commence on Monday 9 November 2020 to Friday 29 January 2021, (10 weeks which includes a two-week break from 21 December to 1 January 2021).

For more information on all three courses go to



The training will take place 5 days per week, Monday – Friday, and due to the ongoing pandemic, training will be online through a virtual classroom, and the Data Analytics course at South Eastern Regional College will have blended learning with both virtual and in campus training.

South Eastern Regional College (SERC) and Southern Regional College (SRC) will be leading the Digital Futures Data Analytics course.

Recruitment opened on the 7 October and closes at midnight on the 19 October 2020.

The programme commences on the 26 October. 

For further information contact or

South West College (SWC) is leading on the Digital Futures Cyber course.



Recruitment opens on the 6 October and closes on the 13 October.

This course will commence on the 26 October.

For further information go to

To apply go to

For further information on Digital Futures please email


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