Tech City apprenticeships give students a head start in digital industry
PUBLISHED: 07:11 20 August 2013 | UPDATED: 14:42 21 August 2013
While some A-level students were last week celebrating their results, others were still hard at work in the fight to secure a future in their dream industry.
About 30 students were attending Reboot Camp – a programme funded by Tech City’s top firms in the hunt for tomorrow’s digital entrepreneurs.
The students attended the two-week camp at Central Foundation Boys School, in Cowper Street, Finsbury - with five students from the school on the programme - in the hope of securing one of 25 top apprenticeships being offered by top Old Street-based Tech City firms and organisations including Renaisi, Future Un-Limited and Tech City Stars.
In total 60 students – many from Islington – will endure the programme which teaches them practical skills for the world of work, with the best being awarded a coveted one-year apprenticeship with a Tech City firm.
Nasir Brown, one of the course directors, said the programme is not just about preparing participants for the world of work, but also providing opportunities outside of the orthodox university route.
He said: “It’s really about preparing young people for the world of work and delivering on the idea that it’s not just university that’s the only option after A Levels.
“This course helps them with real-life situations. For instance, we run them through mock interviews and the like so they don’t find themselves in a situation that they can’t deal with. We also had a Dragon’s Den-style night where they could present their ideas to the panel ‘Dragons’ from firms.
“But then with the apprenticeships, it’s also about giving an alternative to just the university route.
“A lot of emphasis is put on university being the only way, but these apprenticeships are great because they give the opportunity to work in Tech City while showing university isn’t the only route.”
Central Foundation Boys School head teacher Jamie Brownhill said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for some of the children, we’re happy to have students on it and provide the space for it to take place because it’s great for young people interested in a tech career.”