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Hillside Technology, bet365’s technology business, has announced the launch of the bet365 Software Testing Academy. Initially, to be run from the company’s Stoke offices, 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 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, prioritisation, knowledge retention and analytical skills.

Successful applicants will start by entering a training programme 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 exposed to a variety of testing techniques and products to further enhance and develop their skills. Training will be provided throughout through internal training courses and external courses such as ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level.

“If you’re interested in technology, struggling to break into the industry, or looking for work that utilises your analytical, organisational and communication skills, this is a fantastic opportunity to kick start your career,” said Kamal Kaaba, CEO of Hillside Technology Ltd.

“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.”