Time to KickSTART your training for tech jobs

Attendees at a KickSTART information evening at VMware in Ballincollig. (Picture. John Allen)

The language of tech job ads can be daunting, but the reality is that people from all backgrounds thrive in the sector even if they have no experience of working in a technology environment.

Technology companies value people skills, creativity and the ability to solve problems, but find these attributes difficult to source.

Software Skillnet’s KickSTART programme, trains unemployed people from diverse backgrounds for open roles in technology companies and a remarkable 90% of participants get offered jobs within a month of finishing training.

The programme offers high quality training, certification and work experience free to people who are currently unemployed. Even candidates with no prior experience in the technology sector are welcome to apply for the intensive 15-week programme.

Participants gain new skills and qualifications which are in high demand across the sector.

The programme runs on company sites and includes experience through being paired with company staff, to give participants an ‘insider’ experience of the sector

The next KickSTART programme, which is held in partnership with Cork-based virtualisation company VMWare and cybersecurity firm Varonis, starts in Cork in November, and Software Skillnet is hosting an information evening on Tuesday next, October 9 at VMware, Ballincollig, for potential candidates to hear more about how to apply for the programme and the jobs that are available.

Attendees must register to reserve a place at www.softwareskillnet.ie/kickstart

The programme runs full-time over 15 weeks, from November 9, 2018 to February 22, 2019.

KickSTART participants receive technical training delivered by industry experts, alternating with work placements onsite with VMware or Varonis.

Participants spend five weeks onsite with VMware or Varonis, applying their new skills in a real, live job environment, receiving on-the-job mentoring to support and enhance classroom learning.