Free Women Returners, Data Analytics Programme

Pursue a career in the Tech sector.
Study with other women to achieve qualifications that will help you return to work. Press Refresh on your career today. You can do this.

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Press Refresh | Free Women Returners 17 Week Programme


Return to work with other women, Pursue a career in the Tech sector

You are ready
You can do this
We will help you

This fully funded programme is for YOU!

Career Opportunities

Participants from 2020 have secured interviews or jobs in leading Tech organisations:

Press Refresh is a free supportive and intensive 17-week training programme to give women who are currently out of work or in part time casual employment, the opportunity to learn new skills, explore data analytics, build confidence, and enter the Tech sector with support from female role models in Tech.

Maybe you have an interest for the Tech sector but thought that it’s not for you – Press Refresh allows you to explore the opportunities that exist in the rapidly growing industry and give you confidence, skills, and know-how to advance into the sector.

No previous experience in the Tech sector is required. To help you decide if this is the right path for you, the application process includes a psychometric test.

The Women’s Press Refresh Programme is supported by the Department for the Economy and delivered in partnership with Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC) and Women in Business (WIB).

Childcare

Childcare needs will be discussed, and we will endeavour to support costs.

Blended learning

We aim to have a mix of virtual classrooms and in person lessons at Belfast Metropolitan College with participants.

Qualifications

Successful completion of the programme will provide entry level qualifications that will prepare you to seek employment in Tech Sector. Qualifications include: Prince2 AGILE, Python and more!

Criteria

It is essential that you hold a bachelor's degree (an undergraduate degree) in any discipline. Desirable would be two years post-graduate workplace experience. Please note, you must be a resident of Northern Ireland

Commitment

Please ensure that you read the Press Refresh Programme Timetable before application. Complete attendance is necessary as there will be no recordings of the sessions. It is important to understand the time commitment, workload and independent learning that comes with achieving great results to Press Refresh on your career!

Mentor

Receive mentor support from women already in the sector throughout the programme

Work Ready

Confidence building, resilience, communications, CV and interview skills training will ensure you are ready to return

Interview

We will engage with employers throughout the course of the programme and on completion we will work with participants to help secure an interview, where possible. Please note jobs are not guaranteed

Application

The application is very straight forward; you just complete some personal information and then do the psychometric assessment. There is no preparation required to undertake the assessment. This is a user-friendly tool designed to help define and measure participants’ personality preferences, natural aptitudes, and motivational interests

Press Refresh Programme Timetable

Key
* 2 sessions 9.30- 11.30am and 12-2.00pm
** 1 session 9.30-11.30am
*** Free time
**** Day session 9.30 pm-4.30pm
  • Week 1

    16/11/2020 Programme Onboarding – * Participants will:

    1. Understand the programme aims, outcomes, structure and use of technology
    2. Gain a deeper awareness of own and others learning styles
    3. Shape and agree the group learning contract
    4. Begin to build group relationships and programme peer support network
    5. Explore own and others motivation and how best to support it

    17/11/2020 Career Strengths & Blockers – * Participants will:

    1. Explore career strengths, work in progress areas, opportunities & threats
    2. Begin to shape some career and personal development goals
    3. Explore common career blockers & how to overcome them
    4. Address confidence and all the factors that build and erode it!

    18/11/2020 ***  
    19/11/2020 ***  
    20/11/2020 ***  
  • Week 2

    23/11/2020 ***
    24/11/2020 ***
    25/11/2020 Belfast Met Welcome to Course – ****
    26/11/2020 Team Activities – ****
    27/11/2020 Technology Awareness Session – ****
  • Week 3

    30/11/2020 ***
    01/12/2020 ***
    02/12/2020 What is Big Data – ****
    03/12/2020 How to use Excel in Data Analytics – ****
    04/12/2020 How to use Excel in Data Analytics – ****
  • Week 4

    07/12/2020 ***  
    08/12/2020 The Magic of Mentoring – **

    Participants will:

    1. Be introduced to the benefits of career mentoring
    2. Learn how to get the best outcomes from group mentoring
    3. Begin to plan their own specific group mentoring plan

    09/12/2020 How to use Excel in Data Analytics – ****  
    10/12/2020 How to use Excel in Data Analytics – ****  
    11/12/2020 How to use Excel in Data Analytics – ****  

     

  • Week 5

    14/12/2020 ***
    15/12/2020 ***
    16/12/2020 Why is Data Important – ****
    17/12/2020 Introduction to Programming using Python – ****
    18/12/2020 Introduction to Programming using Python – ****
       
    21/12/2020 ***
    22/12/2020 ***
    23/12/2020 ***
    24/12/2020 ***
    25/12/2020 ***
       
    28/12/2020 ***
    29/12/2020 ***
    30/12/2020 ***
    31/12/2020 ***
    01/01/2021 ***
  • Week 6

    04/01/2021 ***  
    05/01/2021 Building Personal Resilience for Career Success – **

    Participants will:

    1. Complete a resilience diagnostic to understand their own strengths and development areas
    2. Learn about what underpins personal resilience
    3. Knowledge on how to build the mindsets and behaviours that build resilience

    06/01/2021 Introduction to Programming using Python – ****  
    07/01/2021 Introduction to Programming using Python – ****  
    08/01/2021 Introduction to Programming using Python – ****  

     

  • Week 7

    11/01/2021 ***
    12/01/2021 ***
    13/01/2021 AM MTA Introduction to Programming using Python – ****
    14/01/2021 /PM Why is Data Important – ****
    15/01/2021 What is a Database – ****

     

  • Week 8

    18/01/2021 ***
    19/01/2021 ***
    20/01/2021 What are the Fundamentals of Databases – ****
    21/01/2021 What are the Fundamentals of Databases – ****
    22/01/2021 What are the Fundamentals of Databases – ****

     

  • Week 9

    25/01/2021 ***  
    26/01/2021 Your Hired – Creating the Opportunities – ** Participants will:

    1. Learn the building blocks of a great CV
    2. Understand how to produce precision application forms and cover notes
    3. Develop a Job search plan and a Linked in Profile

    27/01/2021 What are the Fundamentals of Databases – ****  
    28/01/2021 What are the Fundamentals of Databases – ****  
    29/01/2021 MTA Database Fundamentals Exam – ****  
  • Week 10

    01/02/2021 ***
    02/02/2021 ***
    03/02/2021 Personal Skills for the IT Sector – ****
    04/02/2021 Personal Skills for the IT Sector – ****
    04/02/2021 Intro to Project Management – ****
  • Week 11

    08/02/2021 ***
    09/02/2021 ***
    10/02/2021 PRINCE2 Agile Training – ****
    11/02/2021 PRINCE2 Agile Training – ****
    12/02/2021 AM PRINCE2 Agile Training/
    Exam – ****
  • Week 12

    15/02/2021 ***  
    16/02/2021 Your Hired – Brilliant Interviews – ** Participants will:

    1. Learn how to prepare successfully for interviews
    2. How to self-market and harness nerves for interview success
    3. Have an opportunity to practice in a safe supportive space

    17/02/2021 SQL: What is SQL and what is it used for? – ****  
    18/02/2021 SQL: What is SQL and what is it used for? – ****  
    19/02/2021 How to Visualise Data Differently – ****  

     

  • Week 13

    22/02/2021 ***
    23/02/2021 ***
    24/02/2021 How to Visualise Data Differently – ****
    25/02/2021 How Microsoft Power BI can be used to create Reports and Dashboards – ****
    26/02/2021 How Microsoft Power BI can be used to create Reports and Dashboards – ****

     

  • Week 14

    01/03/2021 ***
    02/03/2021 ***
    03/03/2021 How Microsoft Power BI can be used to create Reports and Dashboards – ****
    04/03/2021 How Microsoft Power BI can be used to create Reports and Dashboards – ****
    05/03/2021 How Microsoft Power BI can be used to create Reports and Dashboards – ****

     

  • Week 15

    08/03/2021 ***  
    09/03/2021 Communicating with Impact – ** Participants will:

    1. Complete diagnostics to Identify their own communication and influencing styles
    2. Understand the building blocks of communicating with presence and impact
    3. Identify barriers and solutions to having the brave career conversations

    10/03/2021 Critical Thinking/Problem Solving for IT Professionals – ****  
    11/03/2021 Critical Thinking/Problem Solving for IT Professionals. – ****  
    12/03/2021 Critical Thinking/Problem Solving for IT Professionals – ****  

     

  • Week 16

    15/03/2021 ***
    16/03/2021 ***
    17/03/2021 DA-100 Analysing Data  with Microsoft Power BI – ****
    18/03/2021 Solving a Business Challenge
    using Data Analytics – ****
    19/03/2021 Solving a Business Challenge
    using Data Analytics – ****
  • Week 17

    22/03/2021 ***  
    23/03/2021 Solving a Business Challenge using Data Analytics – ****  
    24/03/2021 Solving a Business Challenge using Data Analytics – ****  
    25/03/2021 Solving a Business Challenge using Data Analytics – ****  
    26/03/2021  Celebrating Success & Career Planning – * Participants will:
    1. Take time to reflect and celebrate the career development successes so far.
    2. Define their 12-month career ready development plan including objectives, goals, action.
    3. Identify a network support plan including potential sponsors, mentors and peer supporters.
    4. Take part in further group mentoring