Middlesbrough College, Women in Digital

FE News wrote a great article, promoting the next generation of women working in digital industry, in Middlesbrough. You can read the full article here, but here is our take of it.

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Thanks to some of the region’s greatest tech talent, hundreds of young people have been motivated to seek a career in digital.

Clearly there Is an interest to follow a digital based career as more than 140 students from Tees Valley schools visited Middlesbrough College’s Women in Digital Day, where they participated in interactive workshops on topics ranging from coding to cyber security to 3D modelling and video editing.

Students then heard from guest speakers such as Giovanna Mateus, a games designer at Double Eleven, and Alice Brown, a digital, social media, and marketing apprentice at Broadacres Housing Association, who discussed their respective roles in the industry as well as the exciting career opportunities available in the area. What a great idea to watch and hear from those already making a successful career within the digital industries.

Middlesbrough College’s ‘Women in Digital Day’ aims to cast a light on the sector, showcasing the opportunities available to young people and encouraging them to seek a career in digital, given the region’s requirement for specific skills. Middlesbrough already has an impressive ray of talent, that can be employed nationally, but still based within the Teesside region.

Middlesbrough College also hosts ‘Digifests,’ interactive computing events for 13–16-year-olds, as part of its mission to inspire the next generation, the last one being in April last year. These events encourage young people to get involved and try out programming, networking, and exploring the world of virtual reality and emerging technologies, to maybe consider Middlesbrough college as a place to learn these skills..

Professor Brian Cox CBE helped Middlesbrough College unveil a £20 million investment in its campus earlier this year, which included a new state-of-the-art Digital Centre and other facilities.

Industry-leading programming suites, cyber laboratories, video editing suites, a games design room, and a full TV and film studio will be housed in the new centre. Some pretty impressive stuff to see.

The centre will offer all-new digital IT Levels courses, such as Digital Production, Design & Development, Digital Business Services, and Digital Support Skills, beginning this September.

The two-year technical credentials, which are comparable to three A Levels, were created in conjunction with employers and enterprises to ensure that students are ready for employment when they graduate. This is a very important factor of the course, so many course teach skills that are never used in the workplace. Games development, IT, computing networking, software programming, cyber security, digital video production, and digital video production are all covered in IT Levels, which involve a 45- to 60-day work placement. This will mean hands on experience, doing work to specific time scale and fitting in within a team.