What a great time was had by all recently when we hosted a Technology Insight event here at Waterside.
We were pleased to welcome students from Pershore High School and Worcester Sixth Form College and their accompanying teachers who were eager to learn all about Postcode Anywhere.
The 11 students, many of whom are studying A Level Computing, were invited to our corporate headquarters to help them get a feel for how a technology company works. The event was also devised to highlight employment opportunities that may be open for them in the future.
Postcode Anywhere’s developer team steered by Derek Hampton and James Sills devised a fantastic technical challenge for the students. They also helped to mentor them.
Our CEO Guy Mucklow talked to the students about the company’s success story since its founding in 2001 and its aspirations and business objectives. He also spoke on the importance of the UK remaining competitive and how developing technology will be the key to economic prosperity. He said: “The future success of the UK economy is now, more than ever, dependent on our ability to produce and encourage technically gifted students. Technology is transforming the way that we live and work, and, along with those changes are incredible opportunities which if we don’t take up in the UK, will go elsewhere.
“I’m delighted to have some of our local students visit Postcode Anywhere and am hoping that it will give them a taste for some of the skills that a business like ours is looking for as well as to inspire them to make the most of the opportunities that exist in our sector.”
Also included in the event itinerary was a fun ice breaker quiz, where the students were given definitions of a range of famous entrepreneurs many of whom made their fortunes in technology.
The event was a huge success and some of the feedback we got from the teachers and students was fantastic. What is also important when we stage events similar to this is the fact that we get a tremendous buzz as a team working to accomplish the same shared goals. We also have a lot of fun along the way.
Teaching professional Jo McFarlane, who teaches computing at Worcester Sixth Form College said: “The event was an excellent opportunity for our students to learn about a technology company and to experience software development in a professional environment. It provided a clear link between the skills they learn in college and those that employers are seeking. The evening was a great success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.”
We’d just like to take the opportunity of thanking the students from Pershore High School and Worcester Sixth Form College for their participation in the event. Special thanks should also go to their teaching professionals Hamza Ali and Jo McFarlane respectively who helped with the logistics and gave us guidance on the schools’ curriculums and learning objectives.