Edge Testing Solutions, one of the UK’s fastest growing and largest independent software testing companies, is launching a new Academy as a Service offer.
The offer will enable organisations to build in-house testing teams at low risk and cost, while at the same time providing testing sector job seekers with a fast-track opportunity for qualification and employment.
The Bellshill-based company and its Academy as a Service offer will be available for clients and job seekers across Scotland.
It is hoped this will address the business risks associated with not having the appropriate in-house testing skills, as well as providing an alternative to contract recruitment in the long-term.
The process, Edge Testing said, is simple; a client decides on the number of testers required and they are subsequently trained at the Edge Academy.
If a client requires six or more testers, however, Edge Testing will run a dedicated client programme.
Many employers look for software tester candidates with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, maths or engineering. However, recruits that pass through the Edge Academy will also include graduates from non-IT related sectors, as well as school leavers or people looking to change career.
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The intensive six-week boot camp will combine classroom-based software testing training with practical experience.
Participants will also spend 12-months on a client site before graduation, which equates to half the time offered by competitor schemes.
Sharon Hamilton, managing director at Edge Testing, said: “Our Academy as a Service offer benefits both employees as a fast-track development program, and enables our clients to develop their own ‘super-charged’ testing resources without the burden of recruitment.
“The new service complements the low-cost, on-demand test service offered via our Digital Test Hubs. Once a team is in place, clients can easily scale the team up or down as needed, enabling cost reduction while our Test Analysts ensure the project is completed quickly but efficiently.”
During their time working on client sites, Academy participants are supported by an individually tailored mentoring programme to help develop and hone their skills to the highest possible practical standard.
Additional courses can also be targeted and blended, the company said, with functional and technical subject levels dependent on the requirements of clients.
Nadia McKay, testing services sirector, Edge Testing, explained: “It is well publicised that there is a skills shortage in digital and information technology roles, which make up one in five of all job vacancies.
“Within the next 20 years, 90 per cent of jobs will require an element of digital skills, including testing. This is why we established the Edge Academy to bring new talent into the testing community.”
McKay added: “Now, through our Academy as a Service offer, we both train our employees and place them on client projects, giving them an exciting and varied opportunity, while helping to fill the skills shortage.”
Edge Testing saw the 100th graduate successfully pass through its Edge Academy in May 2018, with the intake continually increasing as the company grows. This software testing education programme is just one part of the company’s continued growth which has seen the team rise to more than 250 people.