Cardiff software firm launches 2019 graduate scheme

Inspiretec, a software firm based in Cardiff, has opened applications for its 2019 graduate trainee scheme as part of continued scale-up plans.

The company, which develops technology systems for the travel sector, is on the lookout for junior test analysts and junior software engineers to join its team of 140 staff members.

It’s already hired seven high-calibre university graduates in 2018, all of whom have been given the opportunity to develop their software skills in a commercial environment.

Helen Baldwin, HR director at Inspiretec, said: “After having a positive experience again this year with a fantastic calibre of graduates joining the team, we are looking forward to recruiting a new cohort of graduates with Computer Science and other STEM-related degrees in 2019.

“We have enjoyed engaging with skilled candidates through a variety of ESTnet, university and careers events across South Wales. We are thrilled to be able to develop our future talent by creating these opportunities.”

Working as part of an agile team, graduates at Inspiretec are exposed to a range of technologies and projects to further their career progression.

One of Inspiretec’s successful graduates is Jason Young, who joined the company in 2016 as a junior software developer after completing a bootcamp scheme and a master’s degree in maths. He’s since been promoted to a mid-level software engineer.

When asked about the advice he’d give to graduates entering the industry, Jason said: “It is important not to be discouraged by lack of understanding or any failures in the early stages, the key is to remain open to learning.”

Commenting on the Inspiretec graduate programme, CEO Simon Powell said: “We are delighted to provide graduates from Welsh Universities employment opportunities, supporting the Welsh economy as we grow as a company is very rewarding.

“We operate in a fast-paced industry, so we are keen to develop the skills and technical knowledge of new graduates at an early stage, to develop technology specialists of the future.”