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Northern Ireland's first computer camp launched by Novosco

IT CAMP: Economy Minister Simon Hamilton and Novosco Managing Director Patrick McAliskey talk IT with Nendrum College students Lauren McAslan and Nathan McBride at the Novosco Cloud Camp in association with Almac hosted by Belfast Metropolitan College.
Andrew Madden

BELFAST-based IT company Novosco has launched Northern Ireland’s first ever IT infrastructure summer camp at the Belfast Metropolitan College’s Titanic Quarter Campus.

The camp for year11-13 students runs this week and is facilitated by professional IT engineers and lecturers from the college in a bid to give the young minds of tomorrow a head start in the ever-growing computer industry.

Subjects being covered include programming, networking and Python programming. It is supported by Craigavon research company Almac.

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton gave his full support to the initiative.

“Summer camps like these are a great way to get our young people engaged in Information Communication Technology in a fun and interactive way,” he said.

 

“The anticipated growth in the ICT sector means that we will need more skilled people in the future to meet the demands of employers.

“Gaining this hands on experience and having the opportunity to work with two locally based companies will hopefully inspire these young people to go on to consider a career in ICT in Northern Ireland.”

Novosco’s managing director Patrick McAliskey said the interest in the camp was very strong and highlighted the relevance and importance of such pursuits.

“There is already incredible demand for the kinds of skills that these students will be developing, and that is only going to grow in the future,” he said.

“We are very pleased to be working with Almac and Belfast Met to play our role in ensuring the skills pipeline that our business and the industry as a whole requires.”

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