UK (Robert Gordon University) Record numbers of RGU graduates join Sword

Thursday 27 October 2022

Seven RGU graduates have joined one of the world’s leading IT and digital innovations companies.

Kyle Taylor, Callum Wingfield, Bryce Dawson, Ryan Wilson, and Dillon Scott all studied BSc (Hons) Computer Science degree and have joined Sword as software engineers.  Grzegorz Bronka joins after completing a year-long industrial placement with Sword in 2019/2020 whilst studying on the BSc (Hons) Cyber Security course.

Aberdeen Business School graduate Catriona Bruce has also started with Sword at their Aberdeen base having recently gained a degree in BA (Hons) Management with Marketing.

It is a record intake of RGU graduates for Sword who in recent years have welcomed two or three graduates from the University.  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 new 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 and 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.

John Isaacs, the Dean of the School of Computing at RGU said: “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.”

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.”