Young people in the North East are to be given an in-depth insight into the career opportunities available in the region’s growing IT sector.
A Get Into IT afternoon, aimed at those aged 13-plus, as well as parents, teachers and career advisers, is being organised by Dynamo, an initiative aimed at expanding the region’s economy by acting as a focal point for IT growth
Running from 4pm to 7pm on Wednesday, June 17, at the University of Sunderland’s St Peter’s Campus, next to the National Glass Centre, the event will feature:
- ‘Tell us about IT’ interactive panel sessions, with representatives from local businesses, universities and apprentice providers
- A ‘Let’s Play with IT’ interactive playroom full state-of-the-art technology that visitors will be able to try
- a big screen programme showcasing stories from those working in IT, as well as students and graduates and
- an opportunity to chat and network with those working with in the IT industry
Established in 2013 by Opencast Software’s chairman Charlie Hoult and Accenture’s Bob Paton, Dynamo, the North East IT Network, works to grow the North East IT economy through promoting the region as a hub for the sector.
It is made up of IT organisations, employers, technology hubs, education, local government and employer support initiatives.
Dynamo concentrates on developing skills and education, supporting regional research and development, promoting the region externally, and helping build regional capabilities in cybersecurity.
Its successes to date have included winning a tender to create a University Technical College in Newcastle, setting up the Dynamo Apprentice Hub, introducing SME tech firms to HMRC’s Government Digital Service, and helping the NewcastleGateshead Initiative with inward investment projects in the region.
Mr Hoult, Dynamo’s chairman, said: “We need to harness the talent and ability of young people in North East and demonstrate to them that there is a wealth of career opportunities within the area and that they do not need to look elsewhere to find a successful and fulfilling career in IT.
“The Get Into IT afternoon will be a great opportunity for young people, parents, teachers and careers advisers to obtain valuable insights from professionals working in IT industries and to gain an understanding of the range of available employment possibilities.
“We hope that the event will be inspirational and furnish students with a desire to pursue a career in IT.”
For more information on Get into IT visit http://www.dynamocareers.eventbrite.co.uk