Building the next generation of tech heroes

Ruth Peterson | October 19, 2020

Bradford College is on a mission to help create the technology workforce of the future as it brings students and businesses together with Bradford Tech Week (19-23 October).

The college aims to inspire students to discover more about the exciting opportunities within the tech sector and find out how they can be a part of it.  

Image courtesy of Bradford Means Business

“We want to inspire students”

Nick Scaife, Head of Department at Bradford College for Work Experience and Industry Placements, said: “We hope Bradford Tech Week inspires our students to discover the world of possibilities within technology. We believe that tech skills will continue to be crucial for all. We want students to find out how they can use their talents to be a part of the next generation of tech heroes.”

Bradford College is among local education providers supporting Bradford Tech Week, a partnership between Bradford Means Business, the T&A, LOCALiQ and tech experts EXA networks. Students from Bradford College will be able to join young people from schools and colleges throughout the area in a series of innovative online workshops, challenges and virtual tours.

The event will promote interactive and online learning, helping students to develop their skills and knowledge through fun and informative sessions.

Strengthening links with employers

It also provides Bradford College with the chance to strengthen its links with tech sector employers. By working in partnership with the college, businesses can influence the college’s curriculum to develop the skills and qualifications they believe young people need. So students will have what they need to forge successful careers and create the future workforce for Bradford.

Nick said: “We want to encourage our students to visit the virtual event so they can see what options are available. We want to enable them to work with companies in Bradford which are developing the way they work and incorporating tech into their day to day roles and responsibilities.”

First-hand knowledge of job roles

In the events, student will have the chance to have virtual interactions with local and regional employers. This will help them to gain first-hand knowledge of the job roles and pathways that students can take into the world of tech.

Nick said: “The aim is to encourage young people to open their minds, explore what tech roles involve and how these might differ to their pre-conceived ideas. What does a Cyber Security Engineer actually do? What responsibilities does an Artificial Intelligence Engineer have? These are the questions we want our students to understand and be able to answer.”

To Tech Week and beyond

And the learning opportunities will continue beyond Bradford Tech Week. “As well as learning within college, Bradford College offers a wide range of work experience opportunities where they can gain first-hand experience of working with employers and develop the skills that employers need. We therefore hope this event will enable the College to explore further opportunities for students to complete both physical and virtual work experience with the companies involved in Tech Week.

“We are actively encouraging our students to research the organisations involved and find out about the work experience opportunities available through Bradford College after Tech Week.”

Following Bradford Tech Week, a host of online resources will continue to be available and free to use until January 2021 so students can revisit the material and continue to develop their knowledge around tech.

About Bradford College

Bradford College delivers qualifications from seven locations in the city, and is using a number of different models to deliver courses in a safe way. There is a mixture of core sessions delivered online alongside classroom and workshop sessions, carried out with appropriate social distancing regulations.

You can find out more about the programme of activities available throughout Bradford Tech Week on the dedicated page on the Bradford College website.

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