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Software Testers Academy

The Software Testers Academy was a training programme which aimed to give graduates the skills to compete for new job opportunities within the IT sector.

Applications closed

This programme has now ended.

What do software testers do?

When software products such as large banking systems or mobile phone apps are being developed, they are designed to meet particular requirements. The role of the tester is to ensure that software systems work correctly, by:

  • testing them against these requirements
  • working with key stakeholders at every stage in the process

Software testing includes manual testing or automated testing.

Manual testing involves the tester taking over the role of an end-user and testing the software to identify any unexpected behaviour or bug.

Automated testing is a process in which software tools execute pre-scripted tests on a software application before it is released into production.

Testing runs throughout a software product’s lifecycle and ensures that it runs as it should at all times. It is increasingly recognised as a critical element within software and product development.

Key stakeholders include customers and end-users of the software, such as people who use an internet banking system, mobile phone app or electronic till system.

Skills and experience

The Software Testers' Academy was a 16-week training programme to provide non-IT graduates with the skills and experience required to take up opportunities in the ICT industry.

The Academy was split into 10 weeks' college-based training and a six-week work placement. Successful Academy participants gained an industry-recognised qualification - the International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB) Foundation Certificate - and a potential offer of employment.

To date, 96 per cent of the participants who completed their training through this Academy have secured ongoing employment in software testing.

Experience was not required but applicants had to possess a HND, degree or equivalent in any discipline.

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