Digital Ambassadors will inspire and champion young people taking part in the Digital Youth Programme, aged 14 to 18 years old, to get involved in the digital industry and allow the job seekers to meet the job makers with the potential for a short internship!
Meet the Digital Ambassadors below.
Managing Partner at Frankly and Co Founder at Ormeau Baths
Managing Director at GCD Technologies
Digital Den Marketing Ltd / Digital Marketing Consultant
Company Director at InterRailingPackages Ltd
Digital Marketing Consultant at Digital By Emma
Creative Industries Innovation Ambassador at the Amma Centre and Owner/Designer at Katie Brown Designs
Telefonica O2 Guru
Cat 1 Store Leader at Telefonica O2
CEO & Chief Diversity Officer at QuizFortune
The Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council launched ‘Digital Youth’ earlier this year as a new innovative programme that will encourage and cultivate a digital enterprise culture in the region and enable over 600 students from 12 secondary schools to develop a stronger foundation in digital skills. ‘Digital Youth’ will improve students’ knowledge and understanding of digital technology and widen their career prospects beyond traditional sectors.
During each session students are tasked with a digital challenge to design an app aimed at tackling issues within the Borough. The groups pitch their app idea to a panel of Digital Ambassadors who decide on an overall winner!
Let us introduce you to the winners…
St Catherine’s College
A watch that monitors the health of the infirmed and elderly
St Ronan’s College
Cutlery & Crockery measuring calories & nutritional value of food
St John the Baptist
Job on the Go
Job Search app using GPS
Glasses that converts words to subtitles
St Patrick’s Grammar School
Tourism game using GPS
St Patrick’s College
Jobs 4 U
Job Search app that uses GPS
Tandragee Junior High
Hour a Day
Wearable band that as you are phyically active then unlocks gaming console
City of Armagh High School
Kid’s Fitness and Health
The Royal School, Armagh
A kid’s health and fitness product
New Bridge Integrated College
Dromore High School
Tourism App using GPS to inform tourists
An app that you can send your CV to local businesses – businesses pay a subscription to app.
Killicomaine Junior High School
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An important aspect of the Digital Youth Programme is providing students with different pathways, allowing them to develop their interest in the digital sector after taking part in the programme. The Digital Ambassadors have put together the following links for students to explore:
MOOC List | Massive Open Online Courses a complete list of free* online courses offered by the best universities and entities – www.mooc-list.com
This is an innovative entrepreneurship skills programme which aims to inspire the next generation to explore the potential of the Digital Tech Economy across the Borough of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.
The programme aims to give young people an understanding of the breadth of roles and explore the vast range of career opportunities available in the Digital industry within the Borough.
The Digital Youth Programme will allow young people, aged 13 – 18 years old, the opportunity to:
Be Inspired! Digital Ambassadors will inspire and champion young people to get involved in the digital industry allowing the job seekers to meet the job makers with the potential for a short internship
Get Interactive! Young people will get hands-on with the latest digital tech enabling them to widen their career prospects beyond the traditional sectors
Be Innovative! Digital Masterclasses will task the participating young people to come up with the next big idea in a competition that will be showcased both locally and internationally
The Programme aims to position the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area as leaders in cultivating an innovative and entrepreneurial digital economy.
The programme will work across 13 post primary schools in the Borough and engage at least 600 13-18 year old students. During the digital experiences, students will be up-skilled with the knowledge and understanding of digital technology, including the ‘Internet of Things’, enabling them to widen their career prospects beyond traditional sectors. Students with strong interests and aptitudes in entrepreneurship will be encouraged to explore the idea of setting up a digital business of their own in the future.
The borough of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon is officially acknowledged as the Food Heartland of Northern Ireland, due to the significance of food and drink production and high quality places to eat and drink.
The Food Heartland Forum is targeted at agri-food and drink producers and hospitality providers based in the borough.
The Food Heartland Forum is a unique collaboration between council, local producers, chefs, and stakeholders including Food NI and Southern Regional College who work together to brand the borough and champion local food and drink.
The Forum meets once a quarter and membership is FREE – it’s a great opportunity to network & keep up to speed with what’s happening in the borough and beyond. The only criteria for a business to join is that you must be based in the borough.
Economic Development Officer – Sarah-Jane Macdonald
We are now recruiting businesses for the new Growth Driver programme. It aims to assist local businesses grow by utilising innovation. We will help you find new customers or suppliers for products, services, technologies or processes. It is for established businesses with less than 50 employees that are not current Invest NI client companies.
To apply please contact and briefly say why innovation would help you grow your business.
Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Digital Transformation Programme will assist 100 businesses to transform digitally by delivering two distinct elements of support.
Digital Marketing Support will be delivered to 50 non-digital ‘traditional’ businesses across the Borough and will focus on Facebook, Google advertising, SEO, Analytics and Content Marketing. The aim of this element is to deliver measurable transformation and business growth, using digital platforms and technologies, resulting in enhanced customer engagement, increased sales and ultimately, job creation.
Digital Innovation Support will be delivered to 50 digi-tech businesses across the Borough and will focus on development and implementation of digital technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT), cyber security, Big Data, gamification, virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D modelling. The aim of this element is to accelerate business growth and ultimately, job creation, using digital devices and platforms.
How to Apply: To be eligible for the Digital Tansformation programme, as of December 2017, your business must:
Be located in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough
Are you a small business looking to grow online? The Digital Retail Therapy Programme is a FREE programme designed to help the growth of local businesses, with a focus on increasing sales by helping them learn new skills and develop confidence to make the most of the vast digital retail opportunities available.
The Digital Retail Therapy programme will be delivered by a host of industry experts. It will include six events giving digital insights to develop knowledge and skills and a digital mentoring programme for 60 businesses, providing an in depth diagnostic audit for businesses of their digital capabilities and 15 hours of free one-to-one mentoring across a range of topics including website and social media marketing, data and analytics, geo-marketing tactics and search engine optimisation.
The Accelerator Programme offers first class guidance from leading industry and academic business experts who will show you how to successfully pitch for investment and engage with the major Northern Ireland business funding bodies.
Over the course of three months, your business will benefit form a variety of interactive group workshops and one to one specialist mentoring, cumulating with successful applicants having the opportunity to pitch for up to £1m equity stake investment from a private investor!
Recruitment for the programme is due to take place in January 2020 with the programme commencing in February 2020.
WHY APPLY TO THE ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME?
You should apply for a place on the programme if you:
Have a desire and commitment to take your business to the next level.
Own and/or manage a business that is based in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area.
Are considering the potential of an Equity Stake Investment for your business.
HOW DO YOU APPLY?
Simply contact Cara Dallat, Chief Executive of CIDO Ltd. p 028 3839 6520 e who will guide you through the selection criteria and facilitate the application process.
Please contact the Economic Development department at Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council
COULD YOUR NEW BUSINESS HELP THE BOROUGH BECOME A STAND-OUT NIGHT-TIME DESTINATION? THE EVENING & NIGHT-TIME ECONOMY PROGRAMME IS FOR YOU!
This practical programme will help you develop the skills you need to set up your business that operates in the evening economy, this can be for example, food, retail, culture and arts or hospitality. We will help you establish your business, develop your product, and help you decide if being your own boss is for you.
This programme funded by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and Department for Communities.
The programme will provide you with:
5 days one to one expert mentoring to help you develop your ideas and assist with the development of your product;
Workshops to develop your skills in product development, digital marketing and customer mapping;
A business clinic to meet with key stakeholders such as funders and industry specialists; and
Assistance to develop your business plan.
The Enterprise Programme is open to anyone who is committed to opening a business in the Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council area that will help develop the evening and night-time economy.
The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on 21st January 2019.
For more information, or an application form, please contact:
ARE YOU IN THE CULTURAL, TOURISM, HOSPITALITY OR RETAIL SECTORS? GET THE MOST FROM YOUR BUSINESS IN 2019?
The Evening & Night Time Economy Programme is targeting local cultural, tourism, hospitality & retail businesses to help them grow and develop.
The innovative programme will aim to help you get the most from your business, through increasing sales, improving customer service, getting new customers, people development, or improving operations and financial management.
The programme provides tailored support to each business. This will include:
✓ An in-depth assessment of your business;
✓ 5-days one to one mentoring with an
industry expert & digital marketing specialists;
✓ Industry relevant workshops;
1. Based in the Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council area
2. Operate within, or be willing to explore the potential to operate in, the evening and night time economy;
3. Interest in improving your business.
For an application form or enquiries please contact:
Lara Goodall – 07793 388 343 ; or
Gillian Nicholl – 07920 780 329 gillian@laragoodallconsulting,com
Alternatively, visit: www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk for additional information or to apply to the programme;
Deadline for applications is 21st January 2019.
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Please note companies must pay a £50.00+VAT participant contribution fee to take part on the programme
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has launched a new business support programme, Win More Business Procurement Programme which aims to support the growth of local businesses, providing them with the knowledge and skills needed to expand by adopting or improving their tendering capabilities, helping them become more competitive.
This programme aims to support 175 micro and small businesses in becoming more responsive to changing market conditions, to improve their ability to survive, to assist businesses to take advantage of market opportunities and to undertake structured and planned growth.
The programme will offer a range of business development workshops and initially up to 3 days of one-to one mentoring to assist business in key areas such as:
Getting businesses ready to tender
Understanding and identifying supply chain and collaborations
Using e-tendering portals
Achieving compliance with industry standards
Structuring tender submissions
Evaluation of past tender submissions
Employing staff to support new work won
Identifying new customer organisations
Raising your business profile with potential customers
Additional one-to one support may also be provided to those business who identify relevant live tenders whilst participating on the Win More Business Procurement Programme.
To be eligible for this programme your business must meet the following criteria:
Be located in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Area
Have less than 50 employees
Be actively trading for more than 12 months
Not be able to access similar type support from other existing support organisations
Be operating in markets where there are viable tender opportunities relevant to their business in the UK and beyond
Demonstrate the ability to create new employment opportunities
To register your interest in participating on the Win More Business Procurement Programme please contact the delivery agents:
Janis or Melissa
Global Education Ltd
Tel: 028 7134 763
Growing Communities Programme and the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Social Enterprise ProgramFunding support available for existing or start up Social Enterprises.
What is available? The Growing Communities Programme will award 3-5 initiatives ranging from £1400 to £2000 (depending on the number of applications) to use to invest in a social economy business which is either based in or delivers in the Armagh Neighbourhood Renewal Area.
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