‘Digital Youth’, the award-winning technology programme will be delivered to schools throughout the Armagh City Banbridge & Craigavon Borough by Young Enterprise Northern Ireland.
The programme, which was recently launched at Banbridge Academy, will see schools from across the area participate in Digital Master Class events learning about the digital sector, and developing their own ideas for business concepts using Virtual, Augmented Reality, Coding and Robotics. They will learn about careers in the digital industry and explore opportunities for digital industry start up.
The students will hear directly from digital industry experts who will also be on hand to give the students an insight into their own experiences and thoughts for the future. The top students will then go on to compete to become NI wide Digital Youth winners.
Carol Fitzsimons MBE, Young Enterprise NI Chief Executive said: We are so pleased to see the launch of this important programme. Young people are growing up surrounded by digital technology, and it’s vital we support them to understand how they apply these tools into the world of work to become the digital specialists that businesses need. We commend the investment of the council in supporting young people to develop these skills and to learn directly from Digital Ambassadors who are the local role models of successful business people in the local area.”
Speaking at the launch, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Mealla Campbell said: “Through this programme, the council aims to harness young people’s entrepreneurial drive as well as equip them with specific digital skills that are increasingly sought after by employers. Digital literacy is a rapidly growing requirement by employers and is becoming fundamental for employment throughout every sector. The Council seeks to develop future talent through investing in this programme”.