Record numbers of RGU graduates join Sword


SWORD is delighted to welcome seven graduates through the doors fresh from Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University (RGU).

Six graduates of RGU’s School of Computing have joined Sword this month as software engineers, plus a graduate from Aberdeen Business School, making this a record intake for the firm who in recent years have welcomed two or three RGU graduates each year.

Five of the new joiners studied RGU’s BSc (Hons) Computer Science degree (Kyle Taylor, Callum Wingfield, Bryce Dawson, Ryan Wilson, and Dillon Scott). Fellow RGU graduate Catriona Bruce joins the Aberdeen ranks having recently gained a degree in BA (Hons) Management with Marketing.

Grzegorz Bronka also joins after completing a year-long industrial placement with Sword (in 2019/2020) whilst studying on the BSc (Hons) Cyber Security course. Several other software engineers have also followed this route into Sword in the past, including Ben Owen who has now been employed for 10 years.

Sword’s software engineers begin with an induction process and bootcamp for the first three months, including immediate immersion into a mixed team of software engineers. The training plan includes guidance, learning materials and tailored training on relevant programming languages. Their utilisation on customer projects is gradually scaled up as their confidence and experience grows.

The triggers for new application development projects range from legacy issues bringing unwelcome risk into operations, to inefficient processes making everyday tasks complicated. Sword’s software engineers get the opportunity to work on a huge range of

data-driven projects which help to give graduates, and the wider team, engaging work as they contribute to engineered-led solutions that stand the test of time.

Dave Bruce, CEO at Sword said: “Our long-standing relationship with RGU helps us to support investment in local talent and build a skilled workforce that Sword customers trust to deliver technology services and solutions. We have fine-tuned the learning environment and career path opportunities we can offer technology professionals over the years, and we anticipate further increasing our graduate intake in 2023.”

John Isaacs, the Dean of the School of Computing at RGU added: “Forging strong industry connections is a core element of our ethos at RGU and the relationship we have built with Sword over the years is a great example of how we can support talent development in the North East of Scotland.”

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