it@cork Adopt-A-School re-opens for business

it@Cork Adopt a School 2014
Pictured: Maeve Buckley, Elaine Sheehan and Cathal O'Regan of PepsiCo; Oisin Coyle and Sarah Walsh of it@cork, and Geraldine O'Connor, Scoil Mhuire na nGrist National School, Belgooly

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23 September 2014 | 0

It@cork European Tech Cluster re-launched its Adopt-A-School programme for 2014.

Since its inception in 2012, the Adopt-A-School programme has seen IT organisations provide schools with equipment, tech support, software development classes, guest speakers and work placement opportunities.

The programme provides an opportunity for Industry to collaborate with schools with a view to educating the next generation of IT workers and bridging the skills gap. It’s just one part of it@cork’s vision of a European Technology Cluster with world class IT companies and an innovative approach to education in IT. It’s another ‘string in the bow’ to ensure that the IT industry in Cork continues to thrive and produce IT talent into the future that will differentiate the region from its competitors.

The programme re-launch sees a new programme team consisting of Tim Horgan of CIT, Aiveen Hyland of  ePubDirect, Gillian Bergin of EMC and Sarah Walsh of it@cork.

Denis Collins, Chairman of the Board, European Tech Cluster, commended the new team and thanked the supporting industry partners like VMware, Pepsico, EMC, Qumas, Smartcomm, ePubDirect, McKesson and Smarttech stating “Economies that produce the right talent will succeed in an increasingly competitive world. It is critical that we recognise this and deploy effective collaboration between industry and education.  The result will produce talent for high value employment, skills pipeline for industry, differentiate us on a global scale from our competitors.”

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