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TechSTART LogoSoftware Skillnet have developed a hybrid program aimed at expanding the talent pool for the Technology sector by:
  • Attracting capable individuals from all backgrounds
  • Equipping people with the skills sought by tech companies
  • Tailored to focus on key areas of talent needs of tech organisations
  • Delivering tranches of highly engaged individuals who are primed for jobs in the tech sector.
  • Re-integrating skilled professionals back into the workforce after an extended career break.
This year, the programme will run in Cork starting November 18th.

Technology leaders McAfee, Dell and Vmware have partnered with Software Skillnet to develop this transformative model and provide their expertise to guide participants through the programme and work-placements.

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What to expect:

  • 10 weeks pre-work training; 6-week instructor-led training, 3 weeks of intra company specialist training, 1 week Self-directed eLearning followed by 12 weeks of work placement.
  • This program will develop participants' skills and knowledge in a broad range of technology themes, enabling success in the tech sector.
  • A training and orientation program tailored to your needs to help acclimatize you to the work environment.
  • Support from business mentors and from Software Skillnet throughout the proframme
Eligibility criteria
  • Be seeking to return to work following a career break of at least 2 years.
  • Have previous work experience within technology or transferable professional qualifications and experience.
  • Be highly motivated and able to contribute and commit to the program for the duration of classroom and the placement.
Overview of the course structure

Professional Development Theme:
  • Building confidence and resilience while returning to the workplace;
  • Build personnel brand, understanding ‘self’ and appreciating various work styles;
  • Know how to make an ‘impact’ at work;
  • Developing  a client-centric culture at work;
  • Communication, Presentation Skills, Networking, and influencing skills;

Technology Skills
  • Fundamentals in Database, SQL, Java essentials;
  • Data science, Python analysis and Basic Machine learning;
  • Fundamentals to cloud technologies including security and ethics;
  • VCA – Digital Business Transformation.

Work Toolkit

  • Project Management methodology and Agile best practice;
  • Introduction to DevOps lifecycle;
  • eLearning Subscription and assigned learning for 12 months;
  • Mentor support for coaching for the duration of the program;
  • CV and Interview preparation.


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