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Dodds announces Internet of Things Assured Skills Academy with Sensata Technologies


Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced 20 high quality training places for people with degrees in an Assured Skills Academy with Sensata Technologies.


The Academy, which will focus on the technologies that enable the Internet of Things (IoT), will see participants receive 10 weeks of online training with Belfast Met and gain industry-recognised qualifications. Completing the course guarantees a job interview for a role at Sensata’s Northern Ireland Technical Centre.


Sensata Technologies has operations in 12 countries, including in Antrim, and is a leading industrial technology company that develops sensors, sensor-based solutions, including controllers and software, and other mission-critical products to create valuable business insights for customers and end users.


Highlighting the opportunity, the Minister said:


“This is the first time we have run an Assured Skills Academy with Sensata and it is a fantastic opportunity for people with degrees to reskill for a career in engineering.


“Assured Skills Academies have a proven track record of success in equipping people with the skills they need to boost their career options, with the vast majority of participants securing employment following an Academy.


“I urge anyone who is interested and eligible to apply for this exciting opportunity.”


The Academy will provide training on topics across the full stack of technologies in IoT solutions, from the sensing layer through to data science and visualisation.


Knowledge in these topics will help equip participants for engineering roles such as software development, systems design and systems verification.


Eric Sorret of Sensata Technologies said:


“We are excited about the potential of this Assured Skills Academy to contribute to the talent pipeline which is key to the future of our Sensata Northern Ireland team. Our customers are asking for us to deliver solutions in the areas of connectivity and electrification, and we are responding to that request by continuing to invest in R&D. This IoT Academy will provide real-world skills and prepare candidates to work on the technologies of the future, and I look forward to adding new skills to our talented team in Antrim.”


Louise Warde Hunter, Principal and Chief Executive at Belfast Met, commented:


“The College is delighted to be delivering this new Academy with Sensata and DfE. Through this Academy we will be delivering cutting edge training on new technologies relating to IoT, providing a vital opportunity for participants to gain full-time employment on completion.”


Applications are open now and will close at noon on 19 February 2021. Interviews will be held 9-11 March and training will start on 29 March.


Applicants must hold a minimum 2:2 in any degree discipline, with preference given to STEM subjects.


For more information and to apply, visit http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/assured-skills

For more than 100 years, Sensata has provided a wide range of customised, sensor-rich solutions that address complex engineering requirements to help customers solve difficult challenges in the automotive, heavy vehicle & off-road, industrial and aerospace industries.


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