February 1st 2019
Bring IT On Girls Events – Changing IT: Careers for the Future – Derry~Londonderry Event
Derry/L’derry event teaches local students about IT careers.
Belfast Met recently ran an event in Derry aimed at bringing local high school students, teachers and employers together to educate about jobs in the local IT industry.
With IT being in a significant skill deficit Northern Ireland with females particularly underrepresented, this collaborative event aimed to address this and encourage more young people to consider this viable career route.
The event, which consisted of a series of talks and workshops was held at Catalyst Inc in Derry’s Innovation Factory and was compered by Fujitsu’s Sinead Dillon. Keynote speaker was Dr Michaela Black, head of Ulster University’s School of Computing and Engineering. Leading IT companies and stakeholders were in attendance at the event such as Fujitsu, Allstate, Ignite, Seagate and Ulster University.
Susan McCambridge from Belfast Met said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with Women in Business to encourage young females to consider a career in IT here in Northern Ireland, with special thanks to Department for the Economy for funding Bring IT On which plays an important role in addressing the IT skills shortage in NI”
Principal Consultant at Fujitsu Sinead Dillon said: “Given the underrepresentation of women in IT, we felt it was important as a sector to come together and help young female students locally understand the scale of opportunity presented by ICT. Focused on the future of work, together with Bring IT On and experts across the industry, we shone a light on the transferable and core skills needed to thrive in the industry and key growth areas including artificial intelligence, cyber security and connected technologies.”
Sinead added: “As a business, we continually emphasise the importance of co-creation with our customers, so it is only nature we collaborate with our peers in the industry to attract new talent. Young people today are increasingly tech-savvy and innovative, and we were thrilled with the focus and enthusiasm from local pupils throughout the day.”
To find out about Belfast Met’s IT course provision or to speak to a careers advisor, come along to the College’s Fulltime Open Day on January 26 from 9am to 2pm and Wednesday February 6 from 1pm to 8pm at the Titanic Quarter campus.
Louise Lindsay from Oakgrove College, Katie Gallagher from Dean Maguirc College, Jane Cairns from Limavady Grammar, Lilli Craig from Foyle College and Aimee Clarke from Thornhill College.
Front row l-r Susan McCambridge (Belfast Met), Dr Michaela Black (Ulster University), Sinead Dillon, (Fujitsu)
Aimee Clarke from Thornhill College, Anna McCann from Oakgrove College, Kerri Arundell from Dean Maguirc College.
Front row l-r Lynn Jennings (Talent Social), Sinead Dillon (Fujitsu), Georgina O’Leary (Allstate)
For further press enquiries please contact Michelle Smyth, PR and Events Officer at Belfast Met on 028 9026 5355 or 07803093094. Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to Editor:Belfast Metropolitan College is the largest Further and Higher Education College in Northern Ireland and is one of only thirty colleges in the UK to join the influential 157 Group. Founded in 1906 and with some 26,000 student enrolments, Belfast Met works at a strategic level in providing education, training and skills to enhance individual, community and economic success.
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