Sidero – Ireland’s software, cloud and digital transformation specialist – has announced that it has invested €400,000 in its graduate placement and internship programme over the past twelve months. The investment underscores the software specialist’s commitment to collaborating with the education sector to help develop the next generation of IT workers in Ireland and narrow the technology skills gap.
Since 2018, Sidero has invested more than €1 million in the initiative. As well as attending and hosting career fairs, the Athlone-based technology company has hired twenty-five graduates, and offered ten internship placements through the programme. A number of new internships will be offered in 2021.
Through the initiative, the company has also established strong links with third-level institutions in surrounding regions, including the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT).
Sidero is collaborating with these institutions to provide feedback and input to help develop highly relevant and up to date software and technology courses for those who want to work in the industry. This includes supporting the creation of a new cloud native module and assisting in the redesign of the engineering courses at AIT, all with the aim of better equipping students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the modern workplace.
In addition to offering support and help to universities and institutes, Sidero encourages continuous professional development of its own team members, with several staff taking up postgraduate courses over the past two years.
Aisling O’Shea Mannion (HR Manager, Sidero) said: “We pride ourselves on being specialists in solving business problems through software innovation, and while software provides the foundation to our success, working with the most skilled developers is what puts us at the forefront of the industry”.