Trafford College rubber stamped its support for helping girls take their next steps into careers in tech by hosting a Digital Her festival for secondary schools from across Greater Manchester.
With glittering alumni like TV and Film BTEC’s Hannah Seager, who beat thousands to work on the production team of Blue Peter, the College’s multi-million pound centre for Creative Arts at Altrincham Campus off Manchester Road was the perfect choice for the event organisers, Manchester Digital.
Almost 100 girls converged onsite on Wednesday 4th March during National Careers Week for a day of talks, demonstrations and tasters from tech heavyweights, such as solutions company BJSS, tech park MSP, advertising company Autotrader and the National Institute of Health Research as well as the College’s own team.
Teacher Ian Lett from St James’ Catholic High School in Cheadle said: “Our pupils were very impressed with what they’ve seen, so much so that I asked our Year 8s whether they could envisage themselves studying at Trafford College! Digital Her is a massive eye opener, starting with their understanding of the digital and tech careers available and the numbers taken up by women, for example.”
Digital experts teaching at the College include lecturers who exhibit all over the world, such as 3D Modelling, Photography and Fine Art Print Making’s Mike McGinley, who last year joined hard-hitters behind the lens at international event for visual artists, Les Rencontres d’Arles.
Trafford College is one of the leading colleges in the North West for offering students from all curriculum areas the chance to enrich their learning with certification in the Microsoft Office suite.
Head of Studies for Creative Arts and Digital, Jane Andrew, said: “With eight out of every 10 jobs now requiring digital skills, it is becoming more and more important for everyone in our community to understand the importance of gaining skills in this area.”
To find out more about how to kickstart a career in digital, visit www.trafford.ac.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 0161 886 7070 or go to Altrincham or Stretford Campus for the next open event on March 19th from 4:30pm to 7:30pm.