Options, a provider of private cloud services targeted at capital markets stakeholders globally, yesterday launched a unique in-house technical training school dubbed "Options University". The main goal of Options University is to equip its employees with additional technical training; both current and recently recruited staff at its Belfast office are allowed to join the academy.

Options provides software products and managed services to global investment banks, hedge funds, exchanges and private equity companies. Options University will be based at the company's headquarters in Belfast, which was recently expanded to include modern training facilities.

The firm's recent expansion is largely driven by the growth investment made by Bregal Sagemount into the company in late 2017. The company has a physical presence in London, Belfast and New York.

The first semester at Options University commenced on 4 February 2019 with a module titled "An Introduction to Infrastructure Automation". Other modules covered this semester include expression in Python, Python scripting, script writing and programming, and secured data, with classes being streamed live so that they are accessible to all employees globally.

Danny Moore, resident and Co-CEO at Options explained that:

From cultivating talent through our Graduate and Placement Programme, to covering the costs for those who want to study for professional qualifications, paid study leave, and pay rises on completion of certain accreditations, Options has always encouraged and championed personal development and further learning. The addition of Options University, which is open to both technical and non-technical staff alike, underlines our belief in the power of training and personal development as the key components of an outward looking, innovation-based culture.

Marie-Louise Quigg, Technical Account Manager and Course co-ordinator at Options added:

Delivering critical support, sophisticated engineering and secure managed services to Options' global client base goes hand in hand with the skill growth of our team. We are delighted to announce the official launch of Options University and are confident that our tailored modules, together with our state-of-the-art training facilities, will both strengthen our business as a whole and cement our reputation as the industry's leading provider for innovation, automation and technology.

Today's announcement is another milestone after a year of rapid growth at Options including the expansion of its APAC operations and hiring new staff.

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