Nationwide proudly kicked off Tech Week 2016 on Friday with an IT Insights Day for students from Cirencester College; including speeches from senior staff, a chance to experience virtual reality in Nationwide's Innovation Lab, and a couple of educational games.
Tech Week 2016
Tech Week 2016, sponsored by The Tech Partnership, is a series of employer-led tech education events across the UK designed to give young people an insight into the world of work. All this week employers across the UK are giving students a flavour of IT and tech-related jobs.
Nationwide Tech insights day
Exclusively for Cirencester College, we hosted an IT Insights Day on Friday to help students explore some of their options as they reach the end of the lower sixth form.
“ The rest of my family all went to university so I felt an expectation to go as well. But today has shown me that you've got to make your own path and think about all the opportunities out there. ”
Packed with talks from the Head of the Enterprise Command Centre, Head of Origination & Mediated Development Centres, as well as our Senior Manager for Application Support, the day gave students a great insight into senior tech managers and their career paths so far.
Nationwide Apprentice Stephen also gave a very honest talk about his experiences at university and how being an apprentice at Nationwide has given him far more opportunity for development and to actually think for himself.
Following his talk, students were given a rare tour of the Nationwide Enterprise Command Centre. Protected by one-way glass and an airlock entrance, the Enterprise Command Centre is at the heart of Nationwide, with staff managing and monitoring systems 24/7.
“ It was great to see the students looking so inspired and so engaged. ”
For some, the highlight of the day was the visit to Nationwide’s Innovation Lab. After a brief history of innovation at Nationwide, students were given a tour of the Lab and shown a few top-secret prototypes under development. They also had a chance to experience virtual reality, including a virtual office and interacting with objects using motion sensing handheld controllers.
The day also featured our very own “requirements game” to simulate the experience of each being given programming requirements and trying to piece them together. Students were each given a set of requirements for a drawing – but each student only knew their quarter of the picture and had to hope it all pieced together at the end.
The day then finished with a reflection session where students had a chance to voice their opinions. It was clear that not only had they enjoyed their time at Nationwide, but also that the day had helped them become aware of all the different options after finishing school beyond just university.
“ Thank you Nationwide for a fantastic and insightful day. Our Career Ready programme at Cirencester College aims to help students to develop their career aspirations and days like this are an invaluable opportunity for them to learn more about the real world of work. ”
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