Athlone based software, cloud and digital transformation specialist, Sidero, has announced an investment of €400,000 in its graduate placement and internship programme over the past 12 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 Monksland located technology company has hired 25 graduates and offered 10 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.
“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. By developing the skills of prospective and existing employees, and combining diverse skillsets within the team, we are better equipped to help our customers adapt and thrive in an ever-evolving business landscape,“ Aisling O’Shea Mannion, HR Manager, Sidero, said.
“Athlone Institute of Technology has a long and productive relationship with Sidero since the company was first established in Athlone. Working with Sidero on fundamental and applied research projects has create a depth of shared knowledge which has informed programme delivery. Undergraduate and masters programs in the areas of artificial intelligence, cloud native computing and cyber security creates a stream of industry graduates with the specific skills required by Sidero,” Dr. Enda Fallon, Head of Department of Computer and Software Engineering at Athlone Institute of Technology, said.