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Birmingham based eLearning Academy launches

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IT boss launches eLearning Academy to address national skills shortage

Martin Worner, founder and Managing Director of thecitysecreta company based at 3, Brindleyplace, has launched his own in-house training academy in an attempt to recruit and retain high calibre software engineers.

His company delivers complex bespoke programming for global trading platforms for finance clients such as Morgan Stanley, HSBC, Reuters, Armajaro, Renaissance Capital, and Knight Frank and is always on the look out for new developers with knowledge and flair.

‘In 15 years of business we have always managed to find skilled engineers, especially as we offer attractive career prospects beyond the City, but it is now becoming increasingly difficult to find suitably qualified software developers.’

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Mr Worner attributes the recruitment deficit to the reduced number of graduate training programmes being offered within the finance industry – the starting point for many of his more senior employees – and the fact that fewer students are now studying computer science at university.

Rather than restrict his company’s potential for future growth, he has created a customised eLearning programme for all new employees. Not only does it fine tune a candidate’s technical skills but is also provides vital training in banking and online trading.

‘We develop bespoke solutions for Equities, Fixed Income, Commodities, Equity Swaps, Forwards and Futures, and Equity Derivatives so we need to understand investment banking inside and out. We must remain one step ahead of our clients in terms of predicting their future software needs and the Academy is designed with this in mind.’

Pawel Kors, the company’s most recent recruit, joined the company’s Birmingham office from South Africa having worked for 20 years in software development in vehicle leasing. He is proficient in Java and C++ but has no banking background so may not have been considered for the job prior to the launch of the Academy. He said: ‘I am hugely reassured by the idea of a structured training programme. In some jobs you’d be left to your devices. The Academy leaves nothing to chance.’

The Academy is also offering training to younger apprentices. ‘We are determined not to fall foul of any future skills shortage and are doing everything possible to equip all our staff in readiness for future growth,’ said Mr Worner. ‘Amongst other things, the Academy is a formal way of transferring the knowledge of our experienced team members to newcomers.’

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