Farry congratulates EY Data & Analytics Academy Graduates
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry has hosted an awards ceremony for graduates of the EY Data & Analytics Academy.
The nine week Academy trained 20 graduates to provide them with the skills and accredited qualifications identified by EY to be considered for data and analytics roles with the company. The Academy is the first of several that will be delivered by the Department for Employment and Learning in partnership with EY and Belfast Metropolitan College (Belfast Met) following the announcement in April 2014 that EY was creating 486 jobs in Northern Ireland.
At the ceremony in the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Minister Farry congratulated the graduates and said: “I wish to congratulate all the Academy graduates. Through the Assured Skills programme my Department will ensure that EY has the necessary support for training initiatives to develop the skills they require for their new opportunities.
“The EY Data & Analytics Academy provides an excellent example of how my Department, through its Assured Skills initiative, supports graduates in finding employment by working closely with further education colleges and employers. This training approach provides expanding companies with a skilled and job ready pool of potential employees.
“We are delighted to be able to assist EY to expand its current workforce in the Northern Ireland and provide quality, well paid jobs that will help to grow the local economy.”
Mike McKerr, Managing Partner, EY Ireland commented: “We are delighted to have partnered with the Department for Employment and Learning and Belfast Met to successfully deliver the inaugural EY Data & Analytics Academy training programme, which will deliver exceptional career paths for graduates. This comes at a crucial time as today’s organisations are becoming increasingly data driven and are looking to harness data and analytics to make better decisions and accelerate their business performance. I would like to congratulate all of our graduates today.”
Marie-Thérèse McGivern, Principal and Chief Executive of Belfast Met said: “It has been a privilege to attend the EY Data & Analytics Academy graduation and meet the learners who have worked diligently towards achieving their academy qualification. They have achieved skills that will benefit them in the Data Analytics industry and they have demonstrated motivation, creativity and lateral thinking within the academy.”
The ceremony was attended by Academy trainees, their guests, along with representatives from Belfast Met and EY.