This week we were at Stormont to see Tascomi Testers Anne McSorley and Shelley Corrigan graduate from the Software Testers’ Academy at a ceremony hosted by Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry.

The 16 week long Academy trained 34 graduates with the skills and accredited qualifications identified by the 21 participating employers for new job opportunities in their respective companies.

At the ceremony in the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Minister Farry congratulated the graduates and said; “The Software Testers’ Academy has now completed four cohorts and continues to prove an excellent example of how my Department and Invest NI are supporting graduates to find employment. Through the Assured Skills Initiative my Department has worked closely with employers and further education colleges to develop this Academy to up skill graduates, from any discipline, to be Software Testers.” 

“With the IT sector rapidly expanding and providing employment opportunities in Northern Ireland, the Software Testers’ Academy is perfectly suited to meet the demands of the sector and to help grow the local economy.”

The Academy has produced 101 graduate Software Testers to date, and Anne and Shelley join Tascomi Tester John Corless as the second and third member of the Tascomi Team to successfully Graduate from the Academy.

Tascomi’s Development Manager, Rick Hassard commented; “As an indigenous company we are keen to do as much as possible to both share our skills and to benefit from programmes such as this. Quality is vital for all our products and customers and having Academy graduates join us will help us to maintain that quality as our company expands.”

We warmly welcome Anne and Shelley on board and look forward to their valuable contributions to our continued growth and success!

Find out more about the Software Testers’ Academy via NI Direct.