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Edge Testing targets 100 graduates for software testing careers

Sharon Hamilton, MD of Edge Testing Solutions, and recent Edge Academy graduates Grant Martin and Stuart Dougans

North West students are turning to software testing as digital sector career path

One of the UK’s fastest-growing and largest independent software testing companies, Edge Testing Solutions, part of Eurofins Digital Testing, is encouraging North West students to consider software testing as a career with a target of a further 100 graduates UK-wide over the next three years.

The software testing company announced the opening of a Digital Test Hub (DTH) in Manchester city centre in March 2019, to service Northern clients and continue its UK-wide growth. This is where some graduates will be based to participate in the company’s own software testing training scheme – Edge Academy. Others will take part in Scotland and the Midlands.

Edge Testing has already appointed eight Edge Academy graduates from universities and colleges in and close to the North West region, including the Edge Hill University, Blackpool and The Fylde College, Loreto College and Keele University, for its Manchester DTH.

Since 2013, the company has been actively promoting software testing as a career for anyone interested in the digital sector or computer science through its Edge Academy.

A two-year learning program that combines hands-on experience with classroom-based software testing training at its Manchester, Birmingham, and Bellshill (near Glasgow) locations, the Edge Academy is open to a range of candidates interested in testing as a career, including school leavers with a passion for IT, graduates, graduate-level apprentices and older career changers.

Nadia McKay, Testing Services Director at Edge Testing, added: “We are championing software testing as a dynamic career choice while at the same time building a pool of talented testers.

“Edge Academy is popular because each graduate is paid throughout the training and has a job at the end of the two years, so it’s a proven career path. We saw the 100th Academy graduate successfully pass last summer and will continue to celebrate adding motivated testing candidates to our team from universities across the UK.”

Since joining as apprentices, North West graduates, have been given the opportunity to work on several client sites, as test analysts.

Edge Testing, which has been awarded the highest level Gold status ‘Investors in Young People’ accreditation, originally launched the DTH concept in 2013 in Bellshill, near Glasgow – the first of its kind in the UK. It was founded to meet requirements for a low cost, on demand testing service supplied within the UK. It operates as a challenger to the offshore model as it can be accessed easily by organisations looking for a remote testing service for their in-house applications and back office systems. The second Digital Test Hub opened in 2017 in Birmingham, and the third in Manchester in 2019.

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