AIT is a “rich talent pool” for new software engineering jobs, says Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Athlone is the “perfect location for Neueda’s new EU base”

Neueda, a Belfast headquartered IT Training and consultancy firm has announced it will create 212 new software and ICT jobs at its Software Development Engineering Hub in Athlone over the next four years. The Hub, which first opened in January 2018, services telecommunications companies like Ericsson and already employs 75 people with another 25 hires expected this year.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys attended the jobs announcement praising Athlone as the “perfect location for Neueda’s new EU base” because of the “rich talent pool” of suitably qualified Software Engineering and ICT graduates supplied by Athlone Institute of Technology.

She also commented on Ireland’s thriving Software Engineering and ICT sector which is home to more than 900 software companies, including both multinational and indigenous firms. The sector currently employs more than 24,000 people and is generating billions of exports annually.

Paul Madden, Managing Director of Neueda, echoed the Minister’s comments stating that there is a high level of technical and engineering talent in the Midlands. One of the major advantages of setting up our base in Athlone is that “we have Athlone Institute of Technology on our doorstep,” he said.

Recently awarded Sunday Times ‘Institute of Technology of the Year’, the institute is known for its strengths in identifying areas of skills shortages and working with industry to improve links between enterprise and academia. This is further evidenced by AIT’s efforts to cultivate symbiotic relationships with industry partners and in the introduction of new course offerings such as the MSc in Data Analytics which will be coming on stream in September 2018.

Niall Murray, Lecturer in Department of Electronics, Computer & Software Engineering welcomed the announcement calling it “another significant step for Athlone and indeed the Midlands Region as a technology hub.” “We’re providing industry with a talent pipeline of graduates in ICT, software design/engineering, security, Internet of things, virtual reality and cloud computing at Higher Certificate up to Doctoral level,” he said.

Enda Fallon, Lecturer in Software Engineering at AIT, also commented on the announcement saying: “Our close working relationship with company partners provides staff with a detailed insight of the skills requirements of the Irish ICT sector and helps us produce industry-ready graduates. Using real-world problem-oriented learning, students engage with local companies throughout their studies. The outcome is graduates who are problem solvers, industry ready and equipped to address the challenges of the ever-evolving ICT sector”.

Neueda’s new hires will comprise of technology specialists such as software developers in a range of languages (including Java and Python), cloud engineers and data analysts and will be based in the Shannon Business Park next door to Athlone Institute of Technology.

Pictured: Minister of State for OPW and Flood Relief, Kevin Boxer Moran, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys and President of Athlone Institute of Technology, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin at the Neueda job announcement in Athlone.

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