Kickstart your career in I.T. with NWRC

Aoife Curran

North West Regional College (NWRC) are seeking applicants for an innovative course aimed at fast tracking students into a career within the IT Industry.

Kickstart IT is an industry-led Software Fundamentals course providing specialist training to enable candidates to successfully apply for IT software roles.

This 17-week full-time course will begin on Monday, January 15, and provides students with an IT industry recognised qualification and training which gives them a competitive edge over others in the local job market.

Successful applicants will also be given a four-to-six-week work placement with a local software company.

NWRC Business Skills Manager Sinead Hawkins said: ‘’I’m delighted that we can fund this highly effective reskilling and upskilling programme into software testing through the Department for the Economy Skill Up fund.

“This is an excellent opportunity for people to enter an area that is quickly growing again after the coronavirus pandemic.

“The NWRC also has great backing from employers to help successful learners find employment after the course.’’

Candidates must be able to fully commit to 35 hours as required of a full-time course.

Upon successful completion, applicants will be provided with an OCN NI Level 4 Diploma in Software Testing, ISTQB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing and a certificate of competency from an in-house Java exam.

NWRC Computing Lecturer Kevin McLaughlin, revealed that, despite the short nature of the course, students will build a strong foundation in all aspects of software from inception to implementation.

“This software fundamentals course will allow students with no background in IT to quickly learn a range of skills and programming languages that they can put into practice in the workplace.

“It includes content like Java, Selenium, SQL and other relevant industry specific modules as well as a strong emphasis on software testing and automation.

The local software industry is constantly evolving and by successfully completing this course, candidates will be strongly equipped to gain successful employment and thrive in it.”

This programme is fully funded by the Department for the Economy Flexible Skills Fund and eligible candidates must be over 18 years of age and eligible to work in NI.

They must also have at least a level four or higher qualification ideally within a STEM area. Consideration will also be given to applicants with strong A Level/Level three grades particularly in IT.

Additional consideration may be given to applicants with no formal accreditation or credit but have evidence of strong IT Knowledge.

Lastly, applicants will need to pass an aptitude test and interview as part of the application process.

The selection process for the course is initially by application form with short listed candidates progressing to an aptitude test to assess logical and mathematical skills and finally an interview with representatives from NWRC.

For more information and to register your interest please visit:

Kickstart your career in I.T. with NWRC
NWRC Business Development Executive Jane Fleming pictured with NWRC Computing Lecturer Kevin McLaughlin and NWRC Business Skills Manager Sinead Hawkins at the launch of the Kickstart IT Programme.