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Computer students and staff given free training by software company

Nov 05, 2015

Computer students and staff given free training by software company

Nescot’s Computing department worked with a software company to hold a free two-day training session on an innovative project management system.

Farnborough-based business Agilistix visited the college on October 26 and 27 as part of their ‘Agilication’ programme, training 30 full-time students, apprentices and staff in using Scrum.

The sessions, delivered in Nescot’s Seasons Learning Hub, saw the company teach through activities, demonstrations, video tutorials and Skype meetings with people using the tool.

Sage Lal, Head of Computing, Media and Games, described the training as ‘fantastic’, and said students had been working out ways to use Scrum in a variety of projects.

“We continuously work with our industry partners to inform our curriculum design, and ensure that it gives our students the knowledge, skills and attitude to give them a competitive edge,” he added.

“We work with industry leaders and local partners to provide students with work experience, drive our mandatory staff training, organise support workshops, incorporate vendor certification and encourage students to take part in regional, national and international competitions like WorldSkills.”

Scrum, which was originally created for software development projects, involves working from a prioritised list through ‘sprints’ of between two and four weeks.

The group will have a dedicated ‘Scrum master’ to keep the team focussed, as well as daily meetings to assess progress and end-of-sprint reviews.

The training at Nescot saw students present to Deputy Chief Accounting Officer Maria Vetrone, and Dr Mohan Chana, Director of Employer Engagemenent, on the benefits of Scrum.

Carl Adamson, CEO and founding director of Agilistix, said he felt rewarded watching the students’ presentations and praised their level of engagement.

“The aim of Agilication is to provide free access to professional Agile training for Further and Higher Education students and lecturers,” he said.

“With Agile skills in ever-increasing demand, graduates with have a better chance of landing the right job when they enter the UK’s highly competitive jobs market.”

Nescot’s Computing department is now planning to use Scrum to improve curriculum design and ways of teaching in order to improve the quality of education, motivate students and improve grades.

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