34 Students from Year 10 had the amazing opportunity to visit Barclays in Knutsford last week where students were put through their paces learning and answering questions about CyberSecurity within the financial sector. Great opportunities including being in the Operations Centre during an incident and how their analysts responded to it. Also a visit to the ATM testing facility where students got to experience current and next generation machines (some even testing and getting to keep testing bank notes!)
A wonderful day in an incredibly fascinating setting!
On Wednesday a group of students from the Year 10 computing class went to the Digital Futures careers event hosted by Trafford College. They heard from a range of speakers from the digital tech world: GMP on cyber security, NCC, Foregenix, INTec and Cunning Plan Digital Marketing. Digital and technology is fast becoming the biggest industry with virtual learning being the way forward for Learning Technologists. By 2035 it is expected there will be an additional 21,600 digital and tech roles across Greater Manchester. The students took part in some interactive sessions brainstorming staying safe online, a quiz as well as looking at creative media and digital marketing. They also got the opportunity to have a go at virtual reality gaming that students at the college had developed.
On Tuesday 14 May x10 Year 8 students attended the Manchester Digital Her Roadshow at the Mercure, Bowdon Hotel. The day was put together with volunteers from GCHQ, Autotrader, Manchester Science Partnerships and Bjss. The event was aimed at inspiring and empowering young girls to work in the digital and tech industry. It was a very interactive and engaging day where students were involved in speed networking with meeting the role models and a workshop with GCHQ designed to give students a brief look at the sort of technical work that might be done in their organisation. It showed them the importance of things like online safety, good password creation, how to decode a piece of text and the basics of understanding the benefits of a computer programme.
The second workshop with Bjss was learning all about the client / business relationship and understanding your customer’s needs.
Over lunch the students were able to have a go at the VR experience which UA92 had brought along. One student wore the VR goggles and had to relay instructions to the rest of the team on how to get out of a maze.
The final workshop of the day was with Autotrader. Working in groups, they learnt how to complete a role model profile, how a tech business works and how to build a website.
The day concluded with 2 inspirational women speakers from Microsoft and NW EHealth. The students all came away from the day feeling very empowered and inspired to take up careers in the digital and tech industry