PwC Hive Academy celebrates almost 600 NI school pupils

  • PwC is giving awards to almost 600 pupils from primary and secondary schools across Northern Ireland today to celebrate the first term of its Hive Academy coding programme.

    With the number of graduate places in Northern Ireland's tech sector on the rise, companies such as PwC NI have been investing in education across the region with innovative programmes aimed at all levels of education. PwC NI is now celebrating the end of the first term for its Hive Academy, a technology outreach initiative designed for primary and secondary school pupils.

    Through the Hive Academy, over 7,000 children across Northern Ireland have been introduced to the the fundamentals of coding and given a look at the types of cloud-based platforms currently used in the tech industry. The scheme has provided training to over 500 teachers through a range of digital upskilling courses and teaching resources.

    To celebrate the end of the first term, PwC is giving awards to almost 600 pupils today at a ceremony in Belfast's Hilton Hotel. Students from seven primary schools and two secondary schools will give presentations on what they've learned at the scheme.

    Narelle Allen, head of PwC NI’s schools outreach programme. Ahead of the event, Narelle commented on the impact the scheme has had: "Ensuring young people understand and feel able to grasp the opportunities offered by the technology sector in Northern Ireland is crucial. This isn’t something that society can expect schools on their own to deliver and the power of collaboration with businesses like ours is evident through the success of the students who we’re celebrating today.”

    Source: Written based on press release

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