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Northern Ireland Firefly: Education platform creating 52 jobs in Belfast

Image copyright Firefly Image caption Firefly is an online platform helps schools and teachers to deliver lessons remotely. A digital education platform is investing in Northern Ireland for the first time, creating 52 jobs. Firefly works in a number of countries including Australia where the online platform helps schools and teachers deliver lessons remotely.Invest Northern…

Northern Ireland Firefly: Education platform creating 52 jobs in Belfast

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Firefly is an online platform helps schools and teachers to deliver lessons remotely.

A digital education platform is investing in Northern Ireland for the first time, creating 52 jobs.

Firefly works in a number of countries including Australia where the online platform helps schools and teachers deliver lessons remotely.

Invest Northern Ireland has offered £520,000 of support. Nine of the jobs are already in place.

Co-founder Simon Hay told BBC News NI they are busier than ever due to Covid-19.

“We are working with schools around the world and we are currently seeing about 13 times our normal usage,” he said.

“We’ve needed to grow the team for a while and we were looking for a location to do that where we could access a wider pool of talent and establish a new hub.

“We hope that it’s going to be a great place to attract and retain team members and we hope that the lower living costs will mean people can have a better quality of life,” he said.

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Simon Hay said he hopes NI will be a good place to attract and retain team members

The jobs available include developers, researchers, designers and mobile app developers.

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Economy Minister Diane Dodds has welcomed the announcement.

“School closures have meant many education establishments have had to look to new ways to help teachers and parents home-school children,” she said.

The company is offering very attractive salaries, and will contribute additional salaries of more than £2.3m per annum into the economy when all jobs are in place,” she said.

Firefly has said it hopes to continue to expand in Belfast.

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