NI education gets a boost with new mTech Academy partnerships

  • Northern Ireland education initiative mTech Academy has announced a new round of partners is joining the scheme, including Instil and Dawson Andrews.

    The future of education is of vital importance for Northern Ireland, and initiatives such as mTech Academy seek to revolutionise Northern Ireland’s education system by connecting pupils and educators with employers within the industry. The mTech Academy is currently partnered with PwC, Grant Thornton, BT, Novosco and Smiley Monroe, and has now announced new partnerships with Instil and Dawson Andrews.

    Immediate plans for mTech include bringing together 10 Northern Irish schools with industry-leading organisations, with an ultimate aim to define the future of work through the implementation of mentoring, professional development and exposure to mobile technologies. This year the programme will bring together 100 year-10 pupils to experience a life-changing opportunity to travel to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2019, where they will get the opportunity to present their ideas on smart cities to senior business leaders.

    "At mTech Academy, we are acting as a bridge between industry and education to introduce more experimental learning techniques to pupils, while also delivering access and mentoring opportunities for teachers. The addition of these two leading local technology companies, Dawson Andrews and Instil, will enhance to programme for experience for our students, and further prepare with them the skills they will require in the future workplace”, stated Dianne Morrow, co-founder of the mTech Academy.

    Dawson Andrews co-founder Cameron Stewart expressed support for the initiative, saying "We are delighted to be partnering with mTech Academy as they deliver a programme of experiential learning to teachers and students. As a digital agency, we know how important exposure to technology will be in inspiring tomorrow’s leaders." Tara Simpson, Managing Director of Instil, similarly showed support for the initiative, saying “We believe that the mTech Academy programme is a great first step in preparing students for these jobs, showing them the opportunities and careers that they can aspire to in the coming years."

    Source: mTech Academy Press Release

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