27 Sept 2022

Derry event teaches local students about IT careers

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An event has been held 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, run by Belfast Met, consisted of a series of talks and workshops and was held at Catalyst Inc in Derry’s Innovation Factory. Keynote speaker was Dr Michaela Black, head of Ulster University’s School of Computing and Engineering. Leading IT companies and stakeholders such as Allstate, Ignite, Seagate and Ulster University were in attendance. 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” 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. Photo shows 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.

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