Cardiff-based IT services firm launches graduate scheme

DevOpsGroup, an IT consultancy based in Cardiff, has launched a specialist academy in a bid to eradicate the UK’s technology skills shortage.

The company – which specialises in DevOps engineering consultancy and training – will provide a range of courses, graduate schemes, internships and educational collaborations.

According to Tech Nation, the UK’s technology sector is worth an estimated £184 billion and has increased by £14 billion over the past year alone.

However, a study from Computer Weekly predicts there’ll be 800,000 unfilled IT jobs in the UK by 2020. This demonstrates that more needs to be done to train the next generation of techies. 

“DevOpsGroup has always been driven by a passion for enabling IT transformation at the speed of disruption,” said James Harvey, head of the DevOpsGroup Academy.

“DevOpsGroup has run a fantastic, forward-thinking internship scheme, since 2015, which we plan to take to the next level with the DevOpsGroup Academy.

“We will build on the fine work that’s been done to date in developing technology talent in South Wales and accelerating Cardiff’s tech ecosystem.”

Currently, it runs a range of schemes based on agile practices. They’re technology-agonistic, role-agnostic and framework-agnostic and supported by the likes of Microsoft, AWS and Github.

“STEM learning can quickly become outdated, which is why DevOpsGroup Academy is on a mission to change that and act as a finishing school for computer science graduates,” continued Harvey.

“There’s always a clear disparity between what’s taught in the classroom and what the commercial world is looking for. We’re trying to bridge this gap by running these commercial, industry-recognised courses for people at any level.”

James and his team are working with local universities and the British Computing Society to ensure that the courses are always up-to-date and cutting-edge.

He added: “Our real USP is sharing expert, practical knowledge, which accelerates textbook-based learning and allows us to run public training courses that are focused and specific.

“We are also launching a new summer placement internship with the National Software Academy at Cardiff University, as well as piloting a really innovative DevOps bootcamps programme, for which Welsh SMEs can claim back 50 per cent of the cost from the government.”