28 students from Hammersmith Academy visited Information Technologists’ Hall in November for the chance to hear about career and training opportunities in IT. The Year 8 pupils will have to decide on their GCSE options next spring, so it was the ideal time to inspire them and open their eyes to the possibilities provided by the IT industry.
Six members hosted Q&A sessions with the students, which was then followed by a two-course lunch served in the Livery Room. In thanking WCIT members at the end of their meal, the students said they had learnt lots and were grateful for the opportunity to meet and ask questions of IT professionals.
Jon Kidd, Chair of the Education and Training Committee, hosted the event, and he was deeply impressed by the students. “It was great to see the energy and enthusiasm of the pupils today. They were inquisitive and keen – asking well prepared questions and engaging in the debates that followed. They were a credit to their school.”
The Committee has been working closely with Hammersmith Academy to promote training and employment opportunities in and beyond the City. They hope to further promote IT through coding competitions, Microsoft’s DigiGirlz programme, Cyber Girls First’s events and opportunities to meet with City University students.