Over the last few months we have been working with local schools to establish partnerships that will reimagine how industry and education work together. We are announcing a series of projects that will see us engage with hundreds of students across the city, across all year groups.
girl.Code is our new in-house approach to encourage more girls to take up computer science at school. The digital skills gap that we’re facing remains chronic and due to the shortage of girls entering the digital sector, we’re losing out on an enormous amount of talent that could help the skills gap eventually be a thing of the past.
Each school will run girl.Code as an after-school session for a month and whilst the core elements of the programme will be the same, the wider content of the sessions are uniquely tailored to each group of students that do it. girl.Code will provide a fully differentiated learning experience for the students.
Alongside girl.Code, we’re building a platform for the future. Our partners’ students will benefit from wide-ranging employability presentations, technical presentations, live briefs and placement opportunities, which will enhance their experience and give them a real, in-depth insight into what it’s like to work in technology.
Teachers in our partner schools will in future benefit from working collaboratively across the schools as well as have access to staff development in technology. We have looked to build meaningful relationships with a selection of schools so we can really chip-in and make a measureable difference to students at each school from year 7 to year 11.
We are delighted to announce that our partner schools include St Matthew’s R.C. High School, The Kingsway School, Cheadle Hulme High School and Upton Hall School. We will be announcing our final 2 partners at the end of November.
Along with our new schools partnership network we, with The Manchester College (TMC) introduced the brand new Computer Science and Developing Digital Solutions course running exclusively at TMC this year.
The course has launched with 16 students and each student has already completed a live brief set by Amaze and are currently working with technologies that we have chosen has relevant to the sector. We will be delivering our first session on the programme in November and they will soon be competing in a competition to win 3 work placement opportunities during the Easter break.
Further to this, we are hosting the Manchester Digital Skills Network meeting in January, which consists of companies, education providers and public sector bodies, including Manchester City Council, and aims to develop ideas and projects to encourage more people to get into the sector and put Manchester at the heart of digital.
We will continue to invest in solving the digital skills gap and have more exciting plans to announce in early 2017.