Businesses are becoming quite active in working with secondary schools. Catalyst have started 2015 with the Catalyst Open Source Academy. I am pleased to see WEGC has several participants. Integen contributed to the Silicon Valley trip last year, and Datacom provided (and presented) the inaugural prize for top Year 13 DT student at WEGC prize giving. Victoria University, sponsored by Google, also hosted 20 of our girls undertaking the programming for girls competition. We also participated in the ICT Connect program (coordinated by the Institute of IT Professionals).
On the wider front… Datacom are funding an initiative to teach programming (NCEA Level 1) to Wellington students that don’t have this option available in their schools. Gen-I and Microsoft have hosted visits by students to their offices. No doubt there are many other initiatives across a range of schools.
This year we hope to arrange visits by WEGC students to several IT businesses in Wellington, to give students the opportunity to meet young people (or not so young) working in the industry. A number of businesses have offered to host the girls, and providing we can deal with the paper work (argggg) we will go visiting.