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Hamilton launches Data Analytics Academy

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Economy Minister Simon Hamilton has launched the collaborative Data Analytics Academy with PwC and arc-net.

The programme aims to provide graduates with the distinct skills and experience required to take up new opportunities in PwC and arc-net’s rapidly growing Data Analytics teams.

The Minister said: “This Academy is an excellent example of two companies working collaboratively with both the Department for the Economy and Belfast Metropolitan College to enhance the skills of unemployed graduates. As Economy Minister, one of my key priorities is to ensure that our graduates are equipped with the key skills that employers need, helping people to succeed in the employment market and contributing to the competitiveness of our economy.”

The Academy has been designed by the Department for the Economy, PwC, arc-net and Belfast Metropolitan College under the Assured Skills Collaborative programme. Targeting degree graduates, the academy will offer an intensive eight week training programme to 18 successful applicants. On successful completion of the training, graduates will be offered job opportunities in the data analytics teams in PwC or arc-net.

The Minister continued: “The field of data analytics is one which is growing globally and becoming increasingly important for companies today. Northern Ireland possesses the high quality graduates and post-graduates much sought after by market-leading indigenous companies and large-scale professional services Centres of Excellence. I would encourage any unemployed graduate to consider a career in this vibrant and growing technology sector.”

Welcoming the Data Analytics Academy announcement, Paul Terrington, regional chairman of PwC in Northern Ireland said: “The Data Analytics Academy is a vital element in upskilling our graduate population to support Northern Ireland’s growing reputation as a preferred location for technology investment.

“Across PwC, data analytics are at the heart of what we do; from traditional audit and tax to our new technology offerings like Fin tech and Blockchain, we need more skilled people to provide our clients with the solutions they seek.

“This is a great initiative and the Department is to be congratulated in supporting and encouraging it.”

Mr Kieran Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of arc-net said: “The academy is an important initiative to support the growth plans of both a global network leader like PwC and a local fast growing innovator with global aspirations like arc-net.”

“arc-net is using Blockchain and Data Analytics to transform industries like Healthcare and Food Production in a similar way that Uber, Amazon and Airbnb have used data to transform their chosen markets.”

Applications to the Data Analytics Academy with PwC and arc-net will close on Friday 15 July at 4.00pm.

The training programme for successful applicants will commence on Monday 15 August 2016 and will be delivered by the Belfast Metropolitan College, E3 Building, 398 Springfield Road, Belfast BT12 7DU

Applications can now be submitted online at    https://www.pwcresearch.com/uc/DataAcademy/

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