Belfast Citi's first Technology Academy has celebrated the graduation of 37 students at a ceremony at Citi's headquarters in Belfast.
Created this year as a pilot model for recruitment and training of entry-level technology staff, the Citi Technology Academy attracted over 200 applications from graduates with science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees from across the universities in Northern Ireland.
The students have completed an intensive 12-week training program in financial services business and technical topics covering an introduction to Citi, capital markets, operations systems, programming, databases, software testing and infrastructure.
John Healy, Head of ICG Technology in Belfast, said "Northern Ireland has two great universities producing a great supply of graduates in Technical disciplines. We created the Citi Technology Academy to tap into this and further enhance our pipeline of qualified technology staff.
"These graduates will now benefit from a program of on-the-job training from experienced technologists in capital markets, GTS, GDOS and CBIS where they will also continue to benefit from a very active talent development program at Citi Belfast. As we mark the success of Citi's first-ever Technology Academy, we look forward to a new intake of students in 2011."
The 37 graduates have now commenced a nine-month placement program within the technology departments in Belfast.
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