Donegal ETB launched a new Traineeship in Automated Software Testing on Monday last in Gaoth Dobhair. This exciting new training opportunity has been developed in partnership with Pramerica and is being delivered in the gteic @ Gaoth Dobhair, one of a network of thirty innovation and digital hubs to be developed in locations throughout Ireland’s Gaeltacht areas, under Údarás na Gaeltachta.
In opening the launch event Údarás na Gaeltachta Board Chairperson, Anna Ní Ghallachair, said, ‘Údarás na Gaeltachta are delighted to have had this opportunity to collaborate with our colleagues in Donegal ETB and our client company Pramerica. Innovation is central to our 3-year strategic plan and in supporting the delivery of this training provision we have developed a new innovative collaboration with the industry which we hope will reap significant benefits for course participants and this Gaeltacht community. This type of collaboration is essential for the development of the region and we look forward to working together on similar projects in the future.”
In speaking about the development of the course, Pramerica’s Director FinTech Services & Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, David Roche said, ‘This career traineeship has been developed in close collaboration with Pramerica here in Donegal. It will allow learners to progress directly into employment in the software sector. This is a great example of the strategy and success of ICT/FinTech working in collaboration with Academia. Because of the Donegal ETB’s flexibility in course development and delivery, we are delighted that courses like this can be provided in all parts of the county.”
The traineeship covers a range of modules relevant to the industry including HTML5 application development fundamentals, software development fundamentals, database administration, computer program using C#, software testing fundamentals and computer program using JAVA. Work experience is a core component of the traineeship with thirty percent of the training consisting of practical work experience in the industry.
Traineeships are co-funded by the Irish government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.
In officially launching the traineeship, Cróna Gallagher, Director of Further Education and Training (FET) with Donegal ETB stated, ‘We are delighted to launch this exciting new training development here in Goath Dobhair today. Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Service, has worked closely with Pramerica to develop this new traineeship and it has been a wonderful example of how our FET Service is working with industry in the county to meet their training needs and subsequently helping to fulfil employment requirements.’
Photo credits: Clive Wasson Photography for Donegal ETB.