GoCompare launches tech training academy

Fintech giant GoCompare has launched a specialist academy to train the technology professionals of the future and help close the digital skills gap.

Called the GoFurther Academy, it’ll see the technology giant invest significantly in Welsh talent. The scheme will consist of sponsored degrees, paid internships and educational partnerships.

Unveiled at the Digital Festival at the end of May, the move will see the company provide a range of opportunities for people looking to develop careers in tech, as well as increased training for staff.

This year, GoCompare teamed up with Aston University to create a tech degree apprenticeship, which provides students with fully paid training and practical experience.

Now, it’s looking to form partnerships with educational institutions in Wales and the rest of the UK. The company wants to identify skill gaps and provide sponsored degree programmes.

The tech firm will create internships for students and graduates in South Wales, too. It began searching for a data science intern at the Digital Festival.

In addition to degree programmes and internships, the academy is to provide work experience opportunities to school pupils at its Newport head offices. Finally, it’ll improve training and development initiatives for existing staff.

Lee Griffin, founder and president GoCompare, said: “I couldn’t be happier to announce the launch of the GoFurther Academy and believe our significant investment will have long-term benefits for talent development, the economy and the growing tech community in South Wales.

“GoCompare is one of the UK’s most recognised and trusted Fintech brands, the launch of the GoFurther Academy is our commitment to helping grow our industry in South Wales, develop the very best talent in the country and create innovative services to help people everywhere save time and money.”

“Over the following months, our hope is to expand our partnerships with colleges, schools and universities in South Wales to give opportunities to local talent, while continuing to invest in the great team we already have at GoCompare.”

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