VistaTEC, one of eight indigenous firms participating in the IBEC/ICT Ireland graduate placement programme, has committed to recruiting 20 IT graduates into full-time positions from the programme.
The company took part in the ICT graduate placement programme in order to help secure permanent employment for up to 200 graduates with engineering or computer science backgrounds.
In 2003, VistaTEC took on 10 graduates, many of whom are among the 20 graduates that are to be taken on full time with the company.
Dublin-based VistaTEC is regarded as one of Ireland’s fastest growing technology firms and with offices in Silicon Valley, Washington DC and Boston, the company counts HP, Kodak, Novell, Cisco, Canon, Symantic, Sun, Computer Associates and McAfee as major clients. The company has supported its growth with an aggressive capital investment programme whilst simultaneously maintaining profitability.
The company has increased its staff by over 20pc over the past year, bringing staff in its Dublin office to more than 150 people.
The company said it hopes to double its graduate intake from the ICT Ireland Graduate Placement Programme and will accept applications submitted to the ICT Ireland website. It will only accept applications from 2003 graduates.
Mervyn Dyke, VistaTEC CEO, commented on the programme: “It’s a win-win situation. The programme offers graduates a unique opportunity to develop their skills in a real work environment and a chance to secure permanent employment within the sector.”
He continued: “Irish employers need to address their concerns about possible future skills shortages by investing directly in IT graduates – we were very glad we did.”
Tony Moulton, now a VistaTEC employee, successfully completed the programme and secured a permanent position in the company. “If it hadn’t been for this creative program, and VistaTEC, I’d more than likely be working outside the IT sector today and the skills that I acquired in college would not be utilised,” he said.
By John Kennedy
Pictured are (left – right) Tony Moulton, VistaTEC QA engineer and graduate of the ICT Graduate Placement Programme; Michele Quinn, ICT Ireland executive; Siobhan Murphy, HR manager and Mervyn Dyke, VistaTEC CEO.