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Kainos to launch another 'earn as you learn' scheme

Belfast-Based digital technology solutions company Kainos is launching another of its 'earn as you learn' schemes, which offer permanent jobs and free university places to talented a-level students. The initiative, one of many creative development drives spearheaded by the award-winning tech firm, is aimed at those thinking about what to do after school.

Kainos will offer conditional positions to a number of individuals who will work for the company full-time on a starting salary of £10,000, and study a degree on a part-time basis. The announcement follows the successful launch of the initiative last year in which five students were recruited as trainee software engineers. "Earn as you learn has been a great success for Kainos," the company's human resources head Paul Hamill said. "There was unprecedented interest when the scheme launched, with over 130 applications received. We recruited five talented individuals who have exceeded our expectations in their technical ability and work ethic."

He added: "We're still seeing promising students defer or cancel going to university in the current economic climate, so this programme offers an alternative route to further education and permanent employment."

"Our goal this year is to attract and appoint up to 10 trainee software engineers for employment starting in september. "We are targeting those who have completed a-levels or equivalent examinations in June." Full details of the requirements, benefits, and the application/ selection process can be found on the Kainos website (www.kainos.com/earnasyoulearn), and applications will be accepted between March 28 and april 18. An open evening will also be held at Kainos's offices in Belfast on tuesday, april 8 from 5pm-8pm to allow would-be applicants to meet staff and find out more about the role.

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