Tech learners show IT Counts

This week saw the arrival of five emissaries from Manchester carrying the message that careers in tech can be rewarding for young people. IT Counts, the successful campaign to change young people’s perceptions of careers in technology, was  taking its first steps into London with the event hosted by Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL).

The scheme was developed by students on Manchester Business School’s Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB) course, and focuses on helping young people understand the broad range of tech careers available to them across a range of sectors

QMUL, which also runs the Tech Partnership-accredited degree course, is now a franchise partner on the programme, and has organised a series of workshops, campus tours and site visits for local schools in London.

 

‘A real commitment to developing skilled employees’

The event on Monday involved workshops, where girls from Acton High School were asked to promote a band or artist of their own choice through an online campaign. ITMB students from QMUL and Manchester University helped the groups to develop, explain and present their ideas. To give the girls an insight into the value of university life and work experience, placement students from CA Technologies, Credit Suisse and Bank of America joined the ITMB students for a plenary session.

Karen Price, CEO of the Tech Partnership, congratulated the teams involved. “We’re excited to see universities and employers working together like this to give young people a better insight into higher education and technology careers. CA Technologies has put particular resources behind this initiative, and they and the other employers involved are showing real commitment to improving the pipeline of skilled employees.”