Code Institute has partnered with Zartis to help up-skill Irish-based refugees in Ireland’s tech sector. The initiative, called Level Up, provides 10 highly motivated asylum seekers and refugees with access to Code Institute's online software development course.
Code Institute will offer €40,000-worth of online training to eligible candidates. Zartis will source and screen candidates for enrolment and when they have completed their course will prepare them for interview and introduce them to tech employers.
Helping refugees gain the necessary skills to enter the tech sector is of benefit to both employers and the Irish economy. Ireland is currently suffering from a large ICT skills gap, this is an issue that is reflected around the world. According to the Irish Refugee Council, there were 5,670 pending applications for protection status by the end of 2017. At present, companies in Ireland are producing less because they do not have enough relevant skills within their staffing resources. Consequently, the Level Up initiative will help fill that gap. While, at the same time it will aid in the participants’ integration into Ireland’s workforce and society.
Jim Cassidy, CEO of Code Institute, said, “We were delighted to be approached by Zartis regarding the Level Up initiative. There is a huge skills gap in this country, and this is a worthy and novel way to solve it. Therefore, our aim is to make these candidates tech-industry-ready. We can do that. Above all, we hope that recruiters and HR managers will see the huge opportunity here to close this skills gap.
John Dennehy, Executive Chairman of Zartis, said: “Almost every tech company in Ireland is struggling to find software developers. We have many incredibly bright and highly motivated asylum seekers in the country. With the right training and guidance they can fill some of the vacant roles. Having Code Institute on board will definitely help us achieve our goal."
Code Institute’s course was designed with input from an Industry Advisory Council (IAC). The IAC is a representative body, comprising of industry employers, recruiters, academics, enterprise organisations and startups. The group provides validation and guidance around the education and certification programs created by Code Institute. Because of their provision of expert, peer reviews and recommendations on a regular basis, the IAC ensures that Code Institute graduates have the skills necessary to gain employment and subsequently grow and prosper in their new job.
Recent changes to Irish legislation mean that over 3,000 asylum seekers in Ireland are now eligible to work in the local economy. Helping to harness this potential and reduce the skills gap in the IT sector is the goal of Level Up.
Those who wish to register for Code Institute’s course through Level Up can do so here.