Assured Skills

Assured skills training programme

If you’re unemployed, under-employed, or want to change career, the assured skills pre-employment training programme can help you. Academy-style training will help you get a job by giving you the skills that expanding companies want.

How it works

The assured skills programme offers pre-employment training to give you the skills needed to compete for new employment opportunities as they arise.  

It works with global companies that have current job vacancies available and offers training specifically tailored to meet the skills needed for those jobs.

 If you successfully complete an assured skills academy training programme, you will be offered a job interview with the recruiting company. 

Current opportunities

Find out what current opportunities are available below.

DevOps Engineering Academy

If you're a graduate in a STEM-related subject or an experienced SysAdmin, and interested in a career as a DevOps engineer, training opportunities are now available.

The Bazaarvoice DevOps Engineering Academy will be held in Ulster University, Jordanstown for 10 weeks.

As part of the training you will learn how to work with teams to optimise, enhance and protect products, produce innovative software and become proficient in a range of areas, including:

  • Amazon web services
  • Python
  • serverless technology
  • containerisation

If  you successfully complete the training, you will gain up to 50 credits towards a Post Graduate Certificate and the chance to work for Bazaarvoice on a starting salary of £26,000 - £44,000.

How to apply

Apply online at Mindmill by 5 December.

FinTrU Financial Services North West Academy

If you're a graduate, or an experienced professional with at least a 2:2 in any degree discipline, and interested in a career in Financial Services, specialist training is now available.

The FinTrU Financial Services Academy offers five weeks training in areas such as:

  • compliance
  • legal
  • risk
  • operations
  • know your customer (KYC)
  • consultancy

You will receive practical, real world training on:

  • capital markets
  • financial markets
  • compliance
  • organisational skills

Training will take place in Londonderry.

If you successfully finish the training, you will be interviewed for a job.

How to apply

Apply online at FinTrU Financial Services Academy by 6 December 2018.

Jobs secured through previous academies

Previous graduates who have taken part in academies have secured full-time jobs in diverse areas such as:

  • data analytics
  • human resources
  • financial services
  • legal services
  • export sales and marketing
  • software development
  • software testing
  • software engineering
  • cyber security
  • 2D animation
  • game development

​Your existing qualifications are important but, whatever your vocational area, the companies involved in the training programmes want employees with the drive and determination to succeed and a positive attitude to take on new challenges.

Training allowances

When you're in a training academy, you:

  • will receive a weekly training allowance of £150
  • will be reimbursed weekly travel expenses
  • may be eligible for child care allowance

Register your interest

To receive updates on new academy opportunities or to find out more about the assured skills training programme, contact the Department for the Economy – Employer Skills Branch.

Privacy notice

To find out how your information will be managed, you can view the privacy notice for Assured Skills.

Assured skills training academy video

To learn how a training academy can help graduates, watch the Assured skills video.

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