We recently held our first event for students who have accepted a place with UTC Reading at associate partner’s CGI.
We recently held our first event for students who have accepted a place with UTC Reading at associate partner’s CGI. The event was an ice breaker for students to meet each other and get a flavour of what they will be learning from September.
The afternoon began with an introduction from Alexandra Sinton, Student Recruitment Manager, who explained a little about CGI and briefly explained the different entry routes into employment with CGI.
Alexandra says CGI is “incredibly excited about having the opportunity to engage with focused, talented technology students.”
Students then went off to complete a set of business games based on assessing and developing key skills that are required in the workplace. It gave students the chance to showcase their skills and enthusiasm for technology!
It also gave Principal Joanne and Vice-Principal Wayne the opportunity to speak to parents about how they would like the UTC to communicate with them about their child’s progress.
While discussing why their children have applied to the UTC, parent Alice Ruddock said “It would be Simon’s dream job to work in IT. Already he has his own website, a host gaming server! UTC Reading offers a different way of learning, and I’m sure when Simon gets to an interview he will be able to say I have done this and that with this company. You really want the best for them, I had a look to other colleges and no others offered the standards that UTC Reading does.”
Jonathan Monahan agreed, saying: “This is what James wants to do and he is desperate to be at the UTC. It’s not like a standard school, you have big names like Microsoft, Cisco and CGI as partners and it’s not just pen and paper, students are able to experience the industry from the start.”
After the student and parent breakout sessions, a number of CGI graduate employees came to speak to parents and students over a coffee to explain their journeys to employment with CGI, their training, hopes and aspirations and to answer general questions about routes into employment and what to expect.
The afternoon was brought to a close with Joanne and Alexandra talking about the partnership between UTC Reading and CGI and dropping some hints that CGI will be planning the first industry led project at the UTC in September.
Joanne rounded off the day: “We are delighted that UTC Reading and CGI will be working in partnership to develop the students at the UTC into confident work –ready individuals who will go on to make a difference in their chosen careers.”
Keep an eye on the website for future events that students can attend over the summer!