Dataworks, a software development company based in Waterford, has forged strong ties with Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) over the years and each year, the company offers an internship to a student from WIT’s Higher Diploma in Science in Computer Science programme.
In 2014, Sean Harnett from Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny spent 6 months working with the Dataworks team. With a primary degree in engineering and 10 years’ experience in a number of high level engineering roles, Sean proved to be an invaluable member of the team. Once his placement was complete, he was offered and accepted a full time position as a Software Developer with the company.
According to Brian Robinson, Chief Technical Officer at Dataworks, “At Dataworks, we believe it is important that local businesses provide a chance for students to grow and develop. Given the software skills shortage nationwide, we need to provide opportunities for these skilled students to remain in Waterford, and the wider South East region, once they graduate or to return to the area in future years.”
This year, Dataworks are continuing to work in close partnership with WIT and, owing to the high calibre of candidate on the computer science programme, have offered a further two students internships with the company. Eric Colgan from Waterford and Michael O’Neill from Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary are currently working on a number of . NET projects with guidance from the senior development team.
According to Martina Mullally, ICT Skills Placement Coordinator at WIT, “The Institute and Dataworks have a long history of working together and we consistently leverage our relationship through the Higher Education Authority ICT Skills conversion programme. Dataworks has provided students with great exposure to the workplace through first-hand experience of building software, allowing them to put academic theory to practice and assist with personal and professional growth.”
The Higher Diploma in Science in Computer Science is an intensive, 18-month conversion course specifically designed to allow existing non-ICT level 8 graduates to acquire the industry-relevant ICT and software development skills, expertise and practical experience required to become suitable candidates for employment in the ICT domain in general and in software development in particular.
The students on the Higher Diploma in Science in Computer Science benefit from regular presentations from Dataworks CTO, Brian Robinson.
For more course details, visit www.wit.ie/ictskills.