PwC Data Analytics Academy success for Carrick graduate

Vanessa Bullen, Carrickfergus, with Dr Mary McIvor, Department for Employment and Learning head of Further Education and Pat Beattie, Technology director, PwC.  INCT 39-751-CON
Vanessa Bullen, Carrickfergus, with Dr Mary McIvor, Department for Employment and Learning head of Further Education and Pat Beattie, Technology director, PwC. INCT 39-751-CON

A Carrickfergus graduate is among 16 people who have successfully completed the PwC Data Analytics Academy.

Vanessa Bullen was presented with her certificate by Dr Mary McIvor, Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) head of Further Education.

The Academy provides participants with the skills and experience required to take up new opportunities being offered by PwC in its rapidly growing Data Analytics team. The graduates will now be interviewed for available jobs within the company.

Speaking at a graduation event, Dr McIvor said: “I wish to congratulate everyone on successfully completing the academy. This model provides employers like PwC an opportunity to be involved in developing a tailored training programme, whilst allowing graduates to refine their skills to meet the needs of the employer.

“The Academy model continues to prove a success and is an excellent example of how DEL supports graduates in finding employment. We have a vast wealth of skills amongst our graduates, and the academies are an extremely effective way of harnessing those skills to benefit local companies and grow our local economy.”

The academy has been designed by the Department for Employment and Learning, PwC and Belfast Metropolitan College under the Assured Skills initiative. Targeting graduates from any discipline, the academy provided them with an intensive eight-week training programme in Data Analytics.