Athlone-based technology company Sidero has invested €400,000 in its graduate placement and internship programme over the past 12 months.

Since 2018, the company said it has invested more than €1 million in the initiative.

As well as attending and hosting career fairs, the company has hired 25 graduates and offered 10 internship placements through the programme.

It said a number of new internships will be offered this year.

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

Sidero said it is collaborating with these institutions to help develop highly relevant and up-to-date software and technology courses for those who want to work in the industry.

Aisling O'Shea Mannion, HR Manager at Sidero, said the key to their success is working with the most skilled developers.

"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," she said.

Natasha Rohan, Work Placement Co-ordinator of the BEng (Hons) Software and Electronic Course at GMIT, said Sidero has provided many of their students with hands-on 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," she said.