Nescot’s Computing department is hosting WorldSkills UK’s South East IT competition this Saturday for the second year running.
At the college's Summer Fair and Open Day, 30 students will be competing to gain at a place at the national final at the Birmingham NEC.
You can read more about what the college has to offer this Saturday here.
Nescot won gold, silver and bronze medals at the finals in November last year, with student Matthew Boddy being chosen to join the UK’s Security Team Squad.
On Saturday there will be competitions of Cisco Network Technicians, Microsoft Application Specialists, Microsoft IT Technicians and Microsoft Network Administrator, along with a have-a-go session in Hacking Simulation, Robotics and Network Security.
Melody Hossaini, CEO of InspirEngage and a candidate on the BBC’s The Apprentice in 2011, is holding an interactive leadership and management bootcamp for students and visitors from 11.30am until 12.30pm.
Ms Hossaini, 26, set up InspirEngage in 2009 in order to help young people fulfil their potential, and the social enterprise has now reached more than one million people in 100 countries.
Following the news that The Nescot Consortium has won a £75million contract to run Saudi Arabia’s first women-only college, there will also be a think-tank discussion on females in IT.
The discussion, ‘Women in IT: The Revolution’, will be chaired by Nescot lecturer Sarah Khan and Ms Hossaini and attended by industry forum members, students and parents.
“The focus of the event is to share the experience of the apprenticeship programme,” said Joseph Hanke, Business Development Manager at Nescot.
“We want to change the perception of IT to bring in women, who are core to the success of this industry.”
Bill Quinn, CEO LPI UK and Ireland will give a talk entitled ‘Why Linux’, and Ms Hossaini will speaking on ‘Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos’, based on her new project for women.
The closing event and prizes for the WorldSkills UK will be hosted by Ms Hossaini, Mr Quinn and Rob Greening, Director of Faculty at Nescot.
For more information on the event, and to attend the bootcamp with Ms Hossaini or to participate in the industry forum, contact Sarah Khan by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 020 8394 3198.