Hillside Technology, bet365’s technology business, announced Monday the expansion of its Software Testing Academy to Manchester. The Academy is designed to expand bet365’s reach into both traditional and non-traditional job markets, with recruiters focusing on core skills rather than experience.
bet365’s Manchester Software Testing Academy has opened its doors to applicants and will be looking to recruit up to 10 testers. Assessment dates are confirmed for the 21st and 22nd of February for a March / April start date.
bet365 said in a press release that it “aims to inspire both those already seeking careers in technology as well as those who haven’t considered one in the past, but who have the skills to thrive in it.”
The company will assess five core competencies considered crucial for software testing. They include communication, attention to detail, prioritization, knowledge retention and analytical skills.
Successful applicants will start by entering a training program supported by mentors from the test teams. Combining theory with practical, hands-on learning in active technical projects, the training will cover both the fundamentals of software testing and provide overviews of important areas including functional and regression testing, Jira, qTest, and test design.
Once completed, trainees will then be placed into a testing team, where they will continue their journey. They will work jointly and independently on a range of workstreams and be exposed to a variety of testing techniques and products to further enhance and develop their skills. Training will be provided throughout internal training courses and external courses such as ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level.
Kamal Kaaba, CEO of Hillside Technology, said: “If you’re interested in technology, struggling to break into the industry, or looking for work that utilizes your analytical, organizational and communication skills, this is a fantastic opportunity to kick start your career.”
“By focusing on the desired core competencies of a Tester, as opposed to recent or previous career experience, we hope to create a recruitment programme that offers those possessing the right skills an opportunity to apply for a role that otherwise they might have thought unachievable or not considered.”