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Press Refresh is a free supportive return to work Data Analytics 17-week training programme with mentor support from female role models in Tech.  

Press Refresh allows you to explore the opportunities that exist in this rapidly growing industry and give you the confidence, skills and know-how to advance into this sector. No previous experience in the Tech sector is required, and the programme is supported by the Department for the Economy, delivered in partnership with Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC) and Women in Business (WIB). *Applications for the for the Press Refresh Programme are closed* 

Press Refresh welcomes applications from the following:

Who is it for?

  • Women who have taken a career break, are currently out of work, or working part-time
  • Women with an interest in the Tech Sector
  • Individuals who apply must hold a degree (in any discipline)
  • Two years post-graduate workplace experience (preferred)
  • Northern Irish Resident

What is included?

  • Confidence building, resilience, communications, CV and interview skills training will ensure you are ready to return 
  • Excel in data analytics, programming using Python, fundamentals of databases, SQL, Project Management, Microsoft Power BI and critical thinking will give you key skills required to enter Tech sector career
  • Opportunity to gain qualifications including Prince 2 AGILE Project Management certification
  • Networking opportunities
  • Support toward childcare during the programme
  • Mentor support
  • Career opportunities

Hear from our previous delegates

Find out about the 2020 Press Refresh experience

“The course is so diverse - from coding to project management qualifications as well as career advice and mentoring support from female role models in the tech industry, the course offers a fast track ”

Eva Adams

Press Refresh Participant

“Feeling reassured the support is there to succeed in completing the course and take on new career prospects.”

Press Refresh Participant

“Very enjoyable and not as nerve-wracking as I had expected! Lovely women, a pleasure to be part of such an exciting programme”

Press Refresh Participant

“This course meets a great need for a supportive way back to work for women, building confidence and in-demand skills. It's just what I need!”

Press Refresh Participant

“Excellent opportunity for forward-thinking women to achieve recognised qualifications delivered by knowledgeable tutors and coaches in order to progress their careers into the Tech Industry”


Press Refresh Participant

“The whole Press Refresh team helped to create a welcoming and supportive learning environment. I won't lie, the course was challenging and intense, but the outcomes are very satisfying. Gaining industry relevant qualifications has been great for my career, but the best bit about it was developing friendships and networks with a wonderful diverse group of resilient and inspiring women. Press Refresh has been an excellent experience to grow my confidence, CV and circle of friends. Debra ”


Press Refresh Participant

“I found the Press Refresh Programme excellent. The human skills were covered very comprehensively by Advance coaching and Belfas MEt were very supportive in covering the techicanal skills. I feel much more confident now in taking the next steps in my career. ”


Press Refresh Participant

“I've been waiting for a good opportunity to let you know how impressed I am with the careers section of the programme. To deliver personal development in such a practical and task driven way is a real skill. I feel very lucky to get it for free! ”

Press Refresh Participant


Meet the Press Refresh Mentors

Carly McClintock

Carly McClintock

Account Director - Version 1

After achieving a BSC Hon in Computing from the University of Ulster Carly started her career working in data and analytics for a utilities company. After 10+ years in the IT industry she now sits in the commercial team for Version 1s Financial Services division building and managing business relationships with senior executives from the global investment banking and broker community. Carly’s provides a diverse insight into the IT services industry having had a varied career covering many different roles from data developer to BA, Scrum Master, Delivery Manager and Sales Consultant. She also has experience working in multiple industries having delivered projects for clients in the Public Sector, Utilities, Insurance, Financial Services and Pharma. Making her uniquely positioned to provide support for the diverse career opportunities available after the programme.



Business Development Director - Version 1

After graduating from Queen’s University with a Maths degree, Ciara started her professional life with First Derivatives working as a consultant. Throughout her career, Ciara has fulfilled many varied roles within IT such as software developer, Business Analyst, Scrum Master and Project Manager and has had the opportunity to travel and work with many global clients within the Pharma, Insurance and Financial Services industries. Most recently Ciara has worked as Head of Delivery for Capital Markets at Neueda and has now moved into a commercial role as a Business Development Director working for Version 1.

Catherine Gardiner

Catherine Gardiner

Group Chief Digital & Information Officer - Energia

Catherine was appointed as Energia Group’s Chief Digital & Information Officer (CDIO) in 2011 with responsibility for Technology & Digital Strategy, Strategic IT Project Delivery and Technology Operations. Her 100-strong team span the full breadth of technology resourcing – from architecture to software development to cybersecurity. She also has responsibility for the Group’s Data & Analytics Office developing Data & AI-era capabilities to support Ireland’s drive to Net Zero. Prior to being appointed CDIO, Catherine was Head of Operations for Energia and has held several other management positions within the Group since joining in 2000. She holds a MBA and BSc in Information Management.

Maeve McKeever

Maeve McKeever

Senior Consultant Data Scientist – Allstate Northern Ireland

With a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics and a PhD in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Maeve is now a Senior Consultant Data Scientist within the Data, Decisions and Discovery department that branches across the Allstate enterprise in NI and in the US. Maeve has been working for Allstate since January 2019, analysing Telematics data to understand how driving behaviour influences insurance losses. In her current role, Maeve is primarily involved in building predictive models and automated solutions for customers with telematics policies, which means processing and manipulating GPS data. Maeve is also involved in Allstate’s Women in Technology employee resource group, where she is analysing and producing results around Allstate’s employee diversity. This year she included the data analysis that helped the company become the first company in NI to win a Silver Diversity Charter Mark award. In addition, she has helped to set up a mentoring programme for females in Allstate to help them achieve their career goals.

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