Belfast Met IT camp encourages young women into tech careers

  • Belfast Met has completed a special IT summer camp for young women to encourage them to take up careers in IT and tech.

    Over 30 young women aged 15 to 18 attended Belfast Met's IT summer camp at its high-tech Titanic Quarter Campus last week. The free training camp ran from August 5th to August 9th and was designed to help the attendees develop the skills they would need to get a head start toward a career in the booming NI IT and tech sectors.

    Attendees met successful women in the field from a wide array of local companies, including Hays, Liberty IT, PwC, EY, Options, and the Northern Ireland Civil Service. They also participated in workshops on cyber-security, creating digital content, and using MakeCode Arcade.

    Dr Jonathan Heggarty MBE, Director of Curriculum and Learner Success at Belfast Met, commented on the scheme: "There is a huge demand for talent in this growth area, and this reflected in Belfast Met’s wide range of courses and apprenticeships developed in conjunction with industry. We designed this programme with industry partners in order to encourage female students to consider future education and employment within the exciting world of digital technologies."

    The event was sponsored by the Bring IT On programme and Invest NI, and comes ahead of Belfast Met's open days later this month on August 21st and 29th, where prospective students can learn more about the IT courses available to them. The open days will take place from 9am to 1pm at the Titanic Quarter Campus.

    Source: Written based on press release

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