• Since 2018, the software specialist has invested more than €1 million in the initiative
  • The organisation has hired 25 graduates and offered 10 internship placements through the programme
  • The Athlone-based company is also collaborating with leading third-level institutions to develop the IT curriculum


Sidero – Ireland’s software, cloud and digital transformation specialist – today announces that it has invested €400,000 in its graduate placement and internship programme over the past 12 months. The investment underscores the software specialist′s commitment to collaborating with the education sector to help develop the next generation of IT workers in Ireland and narrow the technology skills gap.

Since 2018, Sidero has invested more than €1 million in the initiative. As well as attending and hosting career fairs, the Athlone-based technology company has hired 25 graduates and offered 10 internship placements through the programme. A number of new internships will be offered in 2021.

Through the initiative, the company has also established strong links with third-level institutions in surrounding regions, including the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT).

 Aisling O’Shea Mannion, HR Manager at Sidero, pictured with Dr. Enda Fallon, Head of the
Department of Computer and Software Engineering at Athlone Institute of Technology

Sidero is collaborating with these institutions to provide feedback and input to help develop highly relevant and up-to-date software and technology courses for those who want to work in the industry. This includes supporting the creation of a new cloud native module and assisting in the redesign of the engineering courses at AIT, all with the aim of better equipping students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the modern workplace.

In addition to offering support and help to universities and institutes, Sidero encourages continuous professional development of its own team members, with several staff taking up postgraduate courses over the past two years.

Natasha Rohan, Work Placement Co-ordinator of the BEng (Hons) Software and Electronic Course at GMIT, said: “Sidero has provided many of our students with a very hands-on, positive learning experience. The company enables aspiring software developers and engineers to work on real-life projects, gain invaluable experience and get an insight into the role of a software engineer in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

“As well as exposure to exciting technologies and their application in innovative business solutions, Sidero also provides students with a mentor for support and advice. With a strong focus on teamwork and professional development, all of our students who have been offered roles as graduate engineers have been delighted to return to Sidero – which shows that the placement has been a success for all involved!”

Dr. Enda Fallon, Head of Department of Computer and Software Engineering at Athlone Institute of Technology, said, “Athlone Institute of Technology has a long and productive relationship with Sidero since the company was first established in Athlone. Working with Sidero on fundamental and applied research projects has create a depth of shared knowledge which has informed programme delivery. Undergraduate and masters programs in the areas of artificial intelligence, cloud native computing and cyber security creates a stream of industry graduates with the specific skills required by Sidero.”

Aisling O’Shea Mannion, HR Manager, Sidero, said: “We pride ourselves on being specialists in solving business problems through software innovation – and while software provides the foundation to our success, working with the most skilled developers is what puts us at the forefront of the industry. By developing the skills of prospective and existing employees, and combining diverse skillsets within the team, we are better equipped to help our customers adapt and thrive in an ever-evolving business landscape.”