Feeds

IT is not geeky, says industry group

Hey kids, it's trendy, man

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet

The IT industry is trying to shed its "geeky" image among schoolchildren in a bid to attract more youngsters into the sector.

Industry group, e-skills UK, has launched an education initiative to coincide with the start of the new school year to promote a positive, exciting and up-to-date image of IT to secondary school students.

Aimed at 13 and 14-year-olds the IT Schools Workshops consist of interactive sessions and involve inviting youngsters into the workplace.

Said Anne Cantelo, project director at e-skills UK. "Research has shown that many people, particularly women, are put off a career in IT primarily because of its poor image. The notion that IT is geeky and untrendy tends to be formed around the age of 13 years and is very difficult to change later on in life."

Dell is among the first companies to promote the workshops at its European and UK headquarters in Bracknell, Berkshire, and will provide a further 10 sessions in the coming year.

For more information about the Schools Workshops programme, contact Melody Hermon at e-skills UK on 07810 508056 or melody.hermon@e-skills.com. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Hey, Scots. Microsoft's Bing thinks you'll vote NO to independence
World's top Google-finding website calls it for the UK
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics
You hear that, Amazon, Google, Microsoft et al?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.