A national event to encourage more 15-18 year olds to study technology related degrees will return to Londonderry this April, delivered by the Tech Partnership in conjunction with the Department for Employment and Learning, Invest NI, Momentum and Sentinus.
Up to 400 post primary students are set to attend the National ICT Day, held in Millennium Forum to learn about the exciting career opportunities offered by Northern Ireland’s technology sector. The event is part of the highly successful Bring IT On campaign, which focuses on giving young people an insight into Northern Ireland’s fastest growing and most dynamic sector.
The students will participate in an Interactive Session led by Clair Gheel from the Tech Partnership Company, this hands on session will enable students to gain an insight into the real world of computer science and what it entails. The workshop, starring video lectures from Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg will allow the students to learn repeat-loops, conditionals, and algorithms while enabling them to develop code using iOS software.
The Employers Zone will offer students the chance to meet IT professionals from companies including Allstate, Citi, Intel and Kainos, while learning about graduate programmes, apprenticeships, and potential career pathways. At the Employability Session, employers will help students to hone their CVs, prepare for job and placement interviews, and learn about the skills and qualities that business leaders are looking for in new recruits.
Bring IT On aims to get 14-19 year olds excited about IT careers by showcasing the inspiring ways that technology impacts their daily lives. The goal is to encourage young people to consider technology-related degrees and careers, and to reduce the gender imbalance across the sector.
David Mawhinney, Managing Director of Equiniti ICSsaid: “Bring IT On’s National ICT Days have an outstanding reputation for offering young people an exciting and informative introduction to tech careers. As a growing IT company, it is important to be fully involved in promoting IT as a career from an early age to ensure that there are enough skills out there to enable sustainable growth for the IT industry as a whole. Events like this are a great way to get in front of students to influence their career choices with real-life experiences from people who already successfully work in the industry.”
Enda Mckenna, Project Manager for the Tech Partnership said: “For many young people, the event provides an inspirational first step into one of the fastest-growing industries in Northern Ireland’s economy. This is particularly important if we are to readdress gender disparity and maximise the sector’s potential as an inclusive and dynamic place to work.”