Digital Futures – Cloud Academy

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The Digital Futures Cloud Academy is supported by the Department for the Economy and delivered by Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC).


The programme is aimed at upskilling and retraining Graduates impacted by the current Covid-19 pandemic.


If you're interested in a career in the fast growing IT sector, training is available across a range of cloud based technologies. On successful completion of the academy, you’ll gain industry-recognised qualifications and the offer of a placement in industry to apply your newly developed skills and knowledge.

Knowledge and skills gained include:

·        Understanding the cloud, how it works and the associated infrastructure 

·        Learn how to maintain and deploy to the cloud 

·        Understanding the associated security risks with cloud technologies 

·        Get the most up to date and leading cloud qualifications on the market


The Digital Futures Cloud Academy is a ten-week intensive training course followed by a ten-week industry work experience placement opportunity.


Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, training will be online through a virtual classroom.


You'll need appropriate IT access (laptop/ PC and internet access) to link to the online tuition. For further information please email your enquiry to


The training academy will prepare you for an entry level role in a cloud computing environment.


Training will take place 5 days per week:

  • Monday - Friday
  • 9am - 5pm


Industry qualifications and certifications gained by completing the course include:

  • Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900)
  • Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals (DP-900)
  • Microsoft Azure Administrator (AZ-104)
  • MTA Networking Fundamentals
  • MTA Introduction to Programming Using Python
  • MTA Database Admin Fundamentals
  • Cisco Cybersecurity Essentials

 If you successfully complete the ten-week course, you'll be offered a work experience placement opportunity for ten-weeks to apply the skills and knowledge gained during the academy.

Who can apply

No previous experience is needed but you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be eligible to work in the UK
  • have a degree in any discipline


Candidate selection and training dates

Candidate selection will be based upon compliant applications (submission prior to the deadline and upload of relevant degree documentation) and scoring from a psychometric assessment.


The initial training will take place from Monday 9th November 2020 to Friday 29th January 2021 (10 weeks which includes a two week break from 21st December 2020 to 1st January 2021).


Training allowances

When you're on the training academy, you:

  • will receive a weekly training allowance of £150 (based upon full attendance)
  • may be eligible for child care allowance

Placement Information

Belfast Met is currently working with a range of companies to offer industry placements commencing Monday 1st February 2021 for a period of ten-weeks.


During this time you will gain invaluable experience working within a professional environment, be exposed to exciting projects and apply all the knowledge/ skills learned during the first ten-weeks of the Academy.


During the ten-week placement you will continue to receive a weekly training allowance of £150.



  1. As part of the application process you will be prompted to upload a copy of your degree certificate(s).
  2. Applications must be submitted by Monday 19th October 2020 at midnight. 
  3. Applicants must be available to take part on the Academy beginning on Monday 9th November 2020 for a period of 20 weeks. 
  4. Candidates who successfully complete the initial ten-week training with the College will be offered a work placement. 
  5. All correspondence will be via email, it is applicant's responsibility to act as required within the given time frames.

Further Information

For further information please email your enquiry to

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