saw pupils from Magherafelt High School, St Mary’s Grammar School, St. Pius X
College and St. Colm’s High School attend the Bring IT On road show when it
arrived at the St. Pius X College for the second of the current series of regional events for pupils aged 14 to 16 years.
These events are organised by Momentum, the Voice of the Digital
Sector in Northern Ireland,
in collaboration with e-skills UK, the
Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology and supported by the
Department for Employment and Learning.
The event provided information about the
skills requirements and career opportunities with the IT sector in Northern Ireland which continues to create new
jobs despite the current economic climate.
It also demonstrated the variety and attractiveness of a career in IT
and offered guidance on the selection of appropriate subjects.
Pupils from a number of schools
participated at this event which was hosted by St. Pius X College. Mrs
E McStocker (Head of ICT) co-ordinated and managed the event. Momentum
including the Digital Circle
put together and presented a lively
session that included videos and interactive ICT related activities which
encouraged the pupils and students to work in teams to compete for prizes.
Local company ICT Ambassadors George
Brownlee, Farmvet; Richard Boyce, Farmvet; Brendan McGinn, DigiInc, Mark
Wilson, AcornIT; Donncha Devlin, Uform; Geoff Higgins, Team Solutionz; Declan
Kidd, Mallon Technology; VenkatBolagoni, Allstate Technologies; Seamus Cushley,
Cyber Source; Ben McKeown, Copeland;
Joanne Kee, Text Help; John McFadden, Northern Regional College; Jason
Glendinn, Senior Student Northern Regional College; Gavin Corry Senior Student
Northern Regional College; Neil Thom Senior Student Northern Regional College
and Arlene Rocks, IT Student on placement with St Pius X College interacted
with the pupils during the event and provided information about their
companies, their career paths and the job roles and opportunities available
within their organisations and the ICT industry in general.
The content for all the Bring IT On events
is being delivered in conjunction with employers, local universities and
colleges. Future events are taking place
all over Northern Ireland
and are being promoted through the Bring IT On website www.bringitonni.info.
Welcoming the success of the Event, Ian
Graham, CEO of Momentum said, ‘These fun
and interactive events help to highlight the importance of maths and science
and how these subjects underpin a successful and rewarding career in IT.’ Dispelling the myth that the profession is
just for geeks, Ian went on to explain that IT companies are looking for
intelligent, focused, team players. ‘They
need to understand the technical element involved within the IT industry,’
he said, ‘but also have the softer skills
to secure and promote business development.’
Mark Feeney, Northern
Ireland Manager for e-skills UK
pointed out that ‘Research shows that
demand for IT & Telecoms professionals in Northern
Ireland has doubled over the last year. It forecasts that
the industry in Northern Ireland
needs over 9,200 new entrants over the next 5 years to fulfil planned growth.
The action we are taking today will help realise this growth by inspiring young
people to join this fast-moving and rewarding sector.’
For more information on the Bring IT On programme and to get involved
with this exciting initiative please see www.bringitonni.info or email bringiton@momentumni..org
Pictured are pupils from Magherafelt High School with Gareth Cambell,Kate McMaster and Miss Morrison
Pictured are pupils from St Pius X College with Miss Arleen Rocks and Kate McMaster
Pictured are pupils from St Pius X College with Miss Arleen Rocks
Pictured are pupils from St Colms High School, Draperstown, with Miss Donnelly
Pictured are pupils from St Mary's Grammar, Magherafelt, with Brigid Duggan