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Cardiff-based Technology Group Inspiretec get Graduates Industry-Ready

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The Inspiretec Group, launched by technology and travel entrepreneur Simon Powell, has this month filled five undergraduate positions within the organisation with students from Universities in South Wales.

The students met the group through a series of ESTnet events that have taken place over the first part of 2017 in a number of Welsh Universities, including Cardiff University and University of South Wales.

ESTnet, which looks to drive the technology sector in Wales and help get students into the industry, has run a number of key events to develop the relationships between undergraduates and employers, with the Inspiretec Group heavily involved in the process.

Inspiretec will now provide the students with a 12-month work placement to develop their software skills in a commercial environment as part of their four-year degree. The undergraduates will be exposed to a broad range of products and services in a variety of industry sectors.

Helen Baldwin,  Inspiretec HR Director said:

“ESTnet provided us with lots of opportunities to meet students working towards IT related degrees along with helping us to build relationships with Heads of IT Departments at these universities.  The variety of sessions, including fishbowl events and recruitment fairs specific to the IT sector were a great way to meet the right students for our business.” .

“The benefit to us was access to the right audience, specifically those students in Computer Science related degrees who are passionate about everything IT. We’re delighted to be involved in these events which provided students with an opportunity to learn more about commercial software development.”

“So the result is we’ve got five high calibre students joining us this summer from all over South Wales who we’re looking to develop to become our future talent.”

Avril Lewis, managing director of the ESTnet, said:

“As the network for the Welsh technology sector, we understand that our members need graduates who possess both the theoretical knowledge and employability skills that are essential when operating in a professional workplace.

“We are delighted that ESTnet’s programmes have enabled Inspiretec to find the talent they require, and we’re sure that the experience each student will gain with the company will be invaluable to them as they begin their careers in Wales’ growing tech sector.”

Each undergraduate will complete a structured work placement in each business area within the Inspiretec group, allowing them to gain practical experience across the full-range of sectors covered by the firm. In addition to these placements, Inspiretec have taken on three new full-time software engineering postgraduates to begin full time positions in July.

Inspiretec employs more than 100 specialist staff and bring together five companies including e-commerce specialist Eysys, financial management and systems provider Clarius Finance and travel technology company Comtec, the software company Powell first set up almost two decades ago. It also includes recent acquisition Sequence, a creative digital agency.

Simon Powell, CEO of Inspiretec said:

“As a Welsh business, we are fully committed to helping the Welsh economy grow. We are always keen to provide employment opportunities to skilled IT and software specialists and to train graduates from Welsh universities which will in turn, strengthen the calibre of the Welsh technology industry in Wales.

“The pace of change in the software industry means that as well as having the relevant technical knowledge and skills, professionals need to be adaptable, learn quickly, and have a good business