Minister Dodds announces places Assured Skills Academy with Microsoft

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced 20 high quality training places on an Assured Skills Academy with Microsoft.
Economy Minister Diane DoddsEconomy Minister Diane Dodds
Economy Minister Diane Dodds

Focussing on Modern Applications Development, the Assured Skills Academy will see participants receive industry-relevant pre-employment training with Belfast Met from April 12 to July 6. Participants who complete the Academy are guaranteed a job interview for a role at Microsoft in Belfast.

Highlighting the opportunity, the Minister said: “I am pleased to announce this Assured Skills Academy with Microsoft and Belfast Met. This is the second Assured Skills Academy with the company after it established a Cyber Security Centre in Belfast in January 2020. This Academy is an excellent opportunity for people to reskill for a role at a global software company and I urge anyone who is interested and eligible to apply.”

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Darren Dillon of Microsoft continued: “The Assured Skills Academy will provide training towards industry-recognised certifications in areas including Cloud Native Software Development and DevOps; these are skills with a global shortage and we are pleased to partner with Belfast Met and the Department of Economy to help address those gaps in Northern Ireland.”

The Assured Skills Academy will provide training towards industry-recognised accreditation in areas including Modern Applications Development, Frontend Development, JavaScript, SQL & KQL and DevOps. Participants will also receive a training allowance of £155 per week.

Louise Warde Hunter, Principal and Chief Executive at Belfast Met, explained: “As the designated curriculum hub in Northern Ireland for digital ICT, Belfast Met plays a leading role in upskilling participants to be career-ready for growth areas of the business world. We look forward to welcoming our new cohort of learners to the Assured Skills Academy with Microsoft.”

Applications are open now and close at midnight on Sunday, March 7. Applicants must hold a 2:2 degree in any discipline or a Level 5 qualification in an IT-related subject.

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For information and to apply, visit

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