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High Calibre Trainees Selected for HighWire Academy

Author info: HighWire Press
Post date: 13.05.2016
Post type: News


A group of 18 high calibre trainees have been selected to undertake an intensive software engineering training programme at South Eastern Regional College (SERC) of Northern Ireland following the launch of the HighWire Academy. The HighWire Academy is a challenging five-week training programme focusing on the development of level three ICT and key development skills with a strong focus on Drupal, PHP, open source content management systems, and Linux.

From over eighty applications, the 18 successful candidates selected will, on completion of the course, have interviews, which may lead to an offer of employment with HighWire Press Ltd.

SERC and HighWire have designed the Academy, which was officially launched earlier this year by Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry, and Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Jonathan Bell, with support from the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) under the Assured Skills initiative. SERC are delivering the bespoke pre-employment training at their new SPACE campus in Bangor and it was here where HighWire CEO Dan Filby, recently visited to officially meet the first cohort of students.

Mr Filby congratulated the students on being accepted onto the course and explained: “Through our collaboration with SERC and DEL we want to sustain a pool of high quality talent that can support our business goals. It is not just about creating great HighWire employees, but equipping people with knowhow that can benefit the Northern Ireland business community.”

SERC Principal and Chief Executive Ken Webb said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Department in delivering this bespoke course under the Assured Skills initiative. The HighWire Academy will provide the company with a job ready pool of highly talented graduates to staff their International Technical Support and Development Centre here in Belfast.

“The aim of the academy is to help match the skills of the workforce with the bespoke skills HighWire needs. This partnership between HighWire, SERC and DEL, is a powerful demonstration of how the further education and private sector can work together for the benefit of the local economy and respond quickly to design a bespoke programme to fill a skills gap. SERC is committed to working with employers to ensure they have the skilled workforce they need, both now and for the future.”

Dan Filby continued: “As part of HighWire’s ongoing investment programme, the Academy is a real opportunity the best and brightest candidates to become part of the exciting future ahead for the company.”

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