KickSTARTing a career in tech - Skillnet Ireland

KickSTARTing a career in tech

Oct 12th, 2018

Over 100 people with non-tech backgrounds gather for KickSTART open evening in Cork


They came from all walks of life to find out more about a fast-track programme which has helped revitalise the Irish tech sector and attract the most diverse talent pool to a thriving industry.

The KickSTART programme, funded by Skillnet Ireland, is an initiative of Technology Ireland Software Skillnet in partnership with Cork-based virtualisation company VMWare and cybersecurity firm Varonis. The programme trains unemployed people from diverse backgrounds for open roles in technology companies.

Over 300 people, including former farm managers, teachers and builders, have completed KickSTART in the last 6 years and are all now excelling in international tech careers having completed the KickSTART programme.

KickSTART participants emerge primed and ready for employment and are now enjoying exciting roles as technical support engineers, IT analysts, project managers, solution engineers, IT sales associates and systems operations engineers. The information evening in Ballincollig, Cork attracted 100 prospective participants for this year’s programme.

The outlook is positive for jobseekers joining the tech sector through the KickSTART programme, as tech firms are constantly seeking new talent pools to meet the global competitiveness challenges of today and into the future.
“Tech companies want people with a balance of skills across commercial, professional and technical competences,” explains Maire Hunt, Director of Software Skillnet, adding “With the right training and support, almost anyone can join the tech sector. That is why we launched the KickSTART programme to give job seekers and new graduates from all areas a fast track route into the sector.”

During the full-time training programme participants gain new skills and qualifications which are in high demand across the sector. The programme is run on-site and uniquely, gives participants an ‘insider’ experience of the sector by pairing them with company staff.

The programme runs over four months, commencing in November 2018.

For more information about the course, visit


Technology Ireland Software Skillnet is co-funded by Skillnet Ireland and member companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

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