Leading Belfast based digital services firm Kainos is doubling its traineee intake this year on its ‘Earn as you Learn’ scheme.
The Sunday Times Top 100 company has announced that it will double its intake, with 20 places on the programme now available for anyone who wants to start their career in IT, either straight from school or from a different career path.
The scheme will fund 20 students with a package worth up to £100,000 per student, meaning each participant will not only receive a competitive salary each month, but will also complete university debt-free.
The business has also committed to offering 20 places per year on the scheme for the next five years, taking its total investment to £10 million.
Launched in 2013, the career development initiative has 40 students currently studying via the programme, which provides them with the opportunity to combine work with practical learning experience.
Delivered in partnership with Ulster University, participants join Kainos as apprentice software engineers, with one day each week dedicated to part-time study for a degree in computing systems.
After four and a half years, those selected for the programme graduate with an honours degree and invaluable, on-the-job experience.
“At Kainos we pride ourselves on our determination to nurture and invest in the talent of the future,” said chief people officer Colette Kidd.
“Earn as you learn is a modern apprenticeship, and is part of the Kainos Academy along with our annual AI camp and Codecamp initiatives, all of which are delivered in an effort to find talented young people and help them fulfil their potential through world-class training and mentoring.
“We are committed to broadening access and offering different routes to school leavers from more diverse backgrounds, which also engenders greater diversity within the company.”
First Class Honours graduate, Leah Fullerton, was part of the first cohort of Earn As You Learn students, and now works as a Support Engineer with the company.
“It’s a really innovative environment and the training, support and encouragement provided on the Earn As You Learn initiative is brilliant,” she said
“The practical experience working on live clients made the theory behind my degree so much easier to understand, and of course the fact that I’ve graduated without any student loans is something I am very grateful for.”
Kainos will host information evenings for post A-Level students at their Belfast HQ on March 3 and their Londonderry office on March 22.