The Software Testers’ Academy was designed by Northern Ireland’s top ICT companies with support from the Department for Employment and Learning and Invest Northern Ireland under the Assured Skills initiative. It was developed collectively between government and the ICT sector and is delivered by South Eastern Regional College and Belfast Met.

Speaking at the launch Minister Farry said: “Now in its fourth cohort the Software Testers’ Academy continues to be an excellent example of how government is working collaboratively to improve the skills of graduates and assist them into employment. Graduates are learning skills that our employers need in this increasingly important sector for the future of our economy. The results of the Academies to date have been excellent, with 96% of trainees from diverse academic backgrounds securing employment in software testing.”

The Academy provides graduates with the skills and experience required to take up exciting new opportunities in the ICT industry. Software testing and quality assurance is increasingly a key growth area in this internationally focused sector.