Microsoft’s Cyber Security Centre is to create up to 85 new jobs in Belfast with the opening of the new centre.
The Department for the Economy is funding pre-employment training places in Assured Skills Academies at Belfast Met, to help individuals compete for these vacancies.
Making the announcement, the Economy Minister Diane Dodds said: ‘This expansion by Microsoft in Northern Ireland is exciting and welcome news. Not only is it a direct result of the skills and talent available here, but it is also an indicator of the strength and vibrancy of the local IT sector, particularly in the field of cyber security.”
She added: “Microsoft is collaborating with my Department and the college to develop Assured Skills Academies for participants to upskill and compete for roles in the company’s new Cyber Security Centre. I wish Microsoft every success as the company recruits for these new roles and grows its presence in Northern Ireland.”
Academies are open to anyone with a 2:2 degree or above in any discipline, or a Level 5 qualification in an IT related subject. Experience is not required, however applicants must be over 18 and be eligible to work in the UK.
All students who complete the Microsoft Academy will be ensured a job interview with Microsoft for consideration for the new positions.
Darren Dillon of Microsoft said: “We’re delighted to be able to establish this new Cyber Security Centre here in Northern Ireland which will provide support to Microsoft’s largest enterprise customers across Europe, Middle East and Africa. An added advantage to this project is the focus on upskilling people to give them the opportunity to work in this dynamic area of the technology industry and over time we hope to be able to grow the team that works with us here in Northern Ireland.”
The academy training will be held in the Belfast Metropolitan College, Castlereagh Campus and will commence on Monday 16 March 2020 and finish on Tuesday 9 June 2020.