One of the objectives of IT3Sixty is to promote the benefits and rewards of IT Careers so that young people, their teachers and parents are aware of the many diverse career opportunities that are available locally with indigenous and global organisations.
We provide students and teachers in primary and post primary education an insight into the IT sector in Northern Ireland through engaging and inter-active sessions designed to showcase our exciting, vibrant and fast developing IT sector.
In 2016 IT3Sixty delivered various programmes that were supported and funded by government, local councils and IT Employers.
Internet Safety Advice for primary school children
In response to fantastic feedback from Primary Schools this year IT3Sixty developed a new initiative to help equip 8-11 year olds in primary schools across Northern Ireland with the tools needed to stay safe online, especially for children coming close to the transition into Post Primary.
This IT Employer lead programme was designed inform children of the importance of staying safe online and enthuse them to consider a career in IT from an early age through practical sessions. This was achieved by providing practical and intuitive content to our 840 primary schools targeted to directly reach pupils, parents and guardians. Our initiative also provided access to valuable upskilling opportunities for educators.
IT Girls Event – Belfast Waterfront Hall October 2016
A major conference was held in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall was created to seek to address the huge gender imbalance within the IT sector worldwide by inspiring over 300 girls in years 12 to 14 from schools and colleges throughout Northern Ireland to take up careers in the IT sector.
In addition to formal plenary sessions, the fast-moving conference programme featured three different work zones enabling students to talk face to face about career opportunities with employer representatives, take part in interactive PwC supported Tech Zone group workshops and a Code Zone session focussing on cyber security, codebreaking, encryption and decryption.