Athlone tech firm Sidero invests €400k to narrow skills gap

Sidero is collaborating with leading third-level institutions to develop the IT curriculum for graduates and internships.

Athlone-based cloud and digital transformation player Sidero has revealed an investment of €400,000 in its graduate placement and internship programme over the past 12 months.

This brings to €1m the amount the company has invested in the initiative since 2018.

“By developing the skills of prospective and existing employees, and combining diverse skillsets within the team, we are better equipped to help our customers adapt and thrive in an ever-evolving business landscape”

In the past year Sidero has hired 25 graduates and has offered 10 internship placements. A number of new internships will be offered in 2021.

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Sidero Technologies was founded in Athlone in 2013 and today is home to one of Ireland’s most accredited and experienced teams of software engineers and cloud experts. Currently standing at 150 people, Sidero builds mission critical software for some of the most successful Irish and global companies.

Sidero says the investment help develop the next generation of IT workers in Ireland and narrow the technology skills gap.

“We pride ourselves on being specialists in solving business problems through software innovation – and while software provides the foundation to our success, working with the most skilled developers is what puts us at the forefront of the industry,” said Aisling O’Shea Mannion, HR manager at Sidero.

“By developing the skills of prospective and existing employees, and combining diverse skillsets within the team, we are better equipped to help our customers adapt and thrive in an ever-evolving business landscape.”

Through the initiative, the company has also established strong links with third-level institutions in surrounding regions, including the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT).

Sidero is collaborating with these institutions to provide feedback and input to help develop highly relevant and up-to-date software and technology courses for those who want to work in the industry. This includes supporting the creation of a new cloud native module and assisting in the redesign of the engineering courses at AIT, all with the aim of better equipping students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the modern workplace.

“Athlone Institute of Technology has a long and productive relationship with Sidero since the company was first established in Athlone. Working with Sidero on fundamental and applied research projects has create a depth of shared knowledge which has informed programme delivery. Undergraduate and masters programs in the areas of artificial intelligence, cloud native computing and cyber security creates a stream of industry graduates with the specific skills required by Sidero.”

In addition to offering support and help to universities and institutes, Sidero encourages continuous professional development of its own team members, with several staff taking up postgraduate courses over the past two years.

“Sidero has provided many of our students with a very hands-on, positive learning experience,” says Natasha Rohan, Work Placement co-ordinator of the BEng (Hons) Software and Electronic Course at GMIT.

“The company enables aspiring software developers and engineers to work on real-life projects, gain invaluable experience and get an insight into the role of a software engineer in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

“As well as exposure to exciting technologies and their application in innovative business solutions, Sidero also provides students with a mentor for support and advice. With a strong focus on teamwork and professional development, all of our students who have been offered roles as graduate engineers have been delighted to return to Sidero – which shows that the placement has been a success for all involved.”

Main image: Aisling O’Shea Mannion, HR Manager at Sidero, pictured with Dr. Enda Fallon, Head of Department of Computer and Software Engineering at Athlone Institute of Technology

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 19 March 2021