Kainos is delivering for Belfast, says Lord Mayor
25 Sep 2013
Digital solutions company Kainos welcomed Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir to its Belfast offices to hear about its growth plans, its track record in focusing on healthcare and government digital services, and its strategies to boost employment.
The Lord Mayor was given a number of presentations by the Kainos team, including recent graduates – proof, he commented, on the company’s commitment and focus on both its workforce and the local Belfast community.
Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said: “The future is the knowledge economy - and I wish all the businesses I met were as future-focused as Kainos.
“The CodeCamp project is a fantastic idea and I support all the things this company is doing in terms of encouraging progress and building technology to benefit people’s lives.
“This is a great contribution to Belfast. Not only is Kainos operating internationally but it’s also making great contributions to our city and local economy, as well as to the community here.”
Kainos has enjoyed a great deal of commercial success, on track to become a £50m business with a 500-plus strong workforce and a network of six offices.
The firm is one of 20 local companies taking part in Belfast City Council’s BelTech trade mission to California next month.
The company has also prided itself on the calibre of its workforce, as demonstrated by the fact that Kainos was catapulted straight in at number 55 in The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For 2013, a key metric for applauding the UK’s most engaged and supportive employers.
The company’s talent is highly qualified: 98% are university graduates, with 80% holding first-class honours degrees. The reason the company is able to attract these exceptional candidates is the unique Kainos work culture, as well as the number of special initiatives the company runs to bring on local talent, including ones aimed at encouraging more women to enter the world of IT.
Presenting on the firm’s latest ‘Women in IT’ initiative, designed to encourage greater career participation by young girls and women in technology, Sheree Atcheson at Kainos, explained that the new strategy has a number of goals:
• to encourage girls to consider IT as a career by promoting the message in schools
• to dispel the myth that “developers sit in some sort of Development Dungeon, a very male lair”
• to introduce a female oriented app stream to CodeCamp
• to create a separate female-only CodeCamp
Brendan Mooney, Kainos’s CEO added: “It’s great to have the Lord Mayor’s backing and his recognition for our proactive work to create opportunities for young people, and particularly for women.
“We will continue to support and work with the community in this way.”