Farry visits successful Cloud Academy participant at his new employer’s office

June 20th, 2014   

Farry visits successful Cloud Academy participant at his new employer's office

Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry today visited Cloud Academy participant Jonathan Price at his new employer, Automated Intelligence, (AI) a Belfast-based software company that have brought a new approach to the information management market.

Jonathan, who had previously worked in the hospitality industry both here and in Europe, was one of fourteen Cloud Academy participants trained with the skills and accredited qualifications identified by ICT sector employers for new job opportunities in the growing area of Cloud Technology.

He completed 15 weeks at Belfast Metropolitan College achieving the HP Accredited Technical Associate qualification, followed by a six week work placement with Automated Intelligence.  Following this placement, Jonathan secured employed as an IT Support Engineer.  In this role he will be an integral part of the services team, supporting AI’s customers and ensuring they are fully benefitting from the technology they have implemented.

 “I would like to congratulate Jonathan in successfully completing the Cloud Academy and attaining full time employment with Automated Intelligence. Jonathan is an excellent example of how my Department’s Academy model can successfully up skill graduates for employment.

 We have a vast wealth of skills and qualifications amongst those graduates who are currently out of work, and the Academy model is an extremely effective way of harnessing those skills, and vital in encouraging economic growth in Northern Ireland. 

 In addition, Jonathan’s story also shows how the Academy model can assist people from a non IT background into employment in the IT sector; enabling them to combine previous skills and experiences with the knowledge they gain through participation in the academy to become skilled IT professionals.”


Mark Godfrey, CEO from Automated Intelligence hailed the importance of this and similar schemes, highlighting the value of the unexpected talent that can come from them and the benefits it has brought the company:

“We are a growing software company which focusses on innovation and to do this we need to constantly bring in new talent. We have a highly experienced team, who can teach skills and knowledge specific to our market and area of expertise. It is much more important to find the right people; those with drive, passion and potential.  For us an entry-level recruitment programme, encouraging graduates, under-graduates and  apprentices has proved to be successful in nurturing new talent and to build a sustainable work-force.  The Cloud Academy has been a fantastic opportunity for us to bring in someone from a different industry to fill an integral role in the team.”