Datacenter Academy Partners with KN Circet

KN Circet, a local company, based in Cloverhill which has enjoyed phenomenal growth in recent years announced a long term partnership with the school. They announced it through their social media channels and we quote some of the post:

“To support the local communities we work in and the continuing growth of the business KN Circet have just launched a long term IT partnership with Collinstown Park Community College in Dublin, near our HQ. The college does an outstanding job in training both new entrants and career changers in the latest aspects of IT (including Data Centre and Fibre Networking). We welcome Jess and Henry to the team, who join our new 13 week internship for the summer. Once complete they will return for their 2nd year of college and maintain a weekly link with us throughout to put what they learn into practice. Eddie also joined the team this week after completing his 2nd, and final year at the college. He was successful at interview for a permanent position after a very competitive process.  

Eithne Hogan (DC Academy Coordinator at Collinstown): “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain experience in a real work environment. They are able to learn first-hand from specialists and see how what they have been taught in class is used to help a business run. Stephen, Damien and the wider KNCircet community have provided us with great support to date and it’s is truly wonderful to see us all take the next step.”   Damien Gallagher (MD for Ireland): “We have excellent links with the college on a range of subjects and specialisms from Operations through Finance and Technology. This is about us supporting the communities in which we work. Adding this partnership to our existing graduate intake and apprentice programmes shows the importance we put on developing our people and the right skills. We see technology as a driver of the continued growth and success of the company, both in Ireland and throughout the UK so this is a very important step.”   Stephen McArdle (Group IT Director): “The goal is to create a conveyor belt of talent for the industry. The IT Internship has formalised the programme for the years ahead providing the students both work experience and better opportunities to secure full time roles post qualification. The calibre of graduating students is excellent and working with the college on the future curriculum will mean we can bring through the right skills to support us in the future, which is a win-win!”

On a visit to the KN Circet Training Centre


Pathways to Technology Careers for Women

An event was held on June 3rd as part of this exciting new program

This was an outreach event to encourage females to consider career pathways in the IT industry. Many women in Ireland have never considered careers in IT. According to latest figures from the Central Statistics Office, less than 25% of STEM jobs in Ireland are filled by women. Less than half (46%) of those in employment were female in 2019. The vast majority (90.9%) of workers in Skilled Trades were male while most workers (79.3%) in Caring, Leisure and Other Services were female.

Educators, trainers and businesses are handling this by incentivising women to enter the IT industry and show and grow their talent to help drive real change. From SMEs to Big Tech, companies like Microsoft champion the growth of Women in Technology with real opportunities for optimum change. In Ireland, we have the talent, abilities and competences and we equally hold the educational means of shaping them. Plus we have the data presence! “The Dublin Metro Area is Europe’s largest data centre market. With 60 years experience supporting the ICT industry, Ireland today is a development centre of excellence for data hosting.” [Host in Ireland]

COVID-19 has further heightened the need for IT skilled workers and as demand for remote working and learning grows, growth in IT will follow. As many individuals struggle with job loss, providing short-term training programs can offset the unemployment gap and restore dislocated workers with jobs of the future.

The panelists will discuss their current positions and how they embarked on their career pathways and obstacles they overcame along the way. They will also outline the opportunities for females entering into the IT industry and show how to take that first step on Pathways to Technology Careers.

Sponsored by Microsoft and Collinstown Park Community College, Datacenter Academy.

Link to flyer for the event


Sixth Year Graduation

Congratulations to all of our sixth year students who graduated on the 14th May.  Due to Covid-19 regulations, we could not have our usual celebration but we spent a lovely morning marking the end of six very successful years in the school.

This year’s graduates have been exemplary students and have shown great determination and resilience in the face of very difficult circumstances in both 5th and 6th year.

Ms Kinsella, our Chaplain, started the morning for each group with a reflection. The graduation ceremony featured excellent speeches from the students themselves – Alannah Dalton, Courtney Manly, Abbey Brennan, Jamie Courtney, Kyle Grant and Luke Malone.  Their tutors; Mr Higgins, Ms Tobin, Ms Campbell and Ms Rooney, all spoke fondly of their classes and how much they were going to miss them.  After Ms Duffy and Ms Mohan congratulated the students on their achievements and wished them well in all their future endeavours, Mr Higgins showed a tear-jerking montage of photos, dating all the way back to first year.  Other highlights included a song which Ms Kinsella and Ms McHugh had written for the students and the announcements of the subject award winners.

The coveted student awards were announced later in the day and the winners were:

Male LC Student – Rokas Galinauskas

Female LC Student – Leah Byrne

Male LCA Student – Samad Allison

Female LCA Student – Hannah Corcoran

School Ambassador – Nathan Duffy

We want to wish our students all the best in their future plans.  They have made a huge contribution to the school and will be greatly missed.