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A new way of learning as Digital Academy is launched

Published: July 4, 2016

Cornwall College Camborne 16-18 | Adult

A partnership between The Cornwall College Group and Software Cornwall is set to give students one of the most unique learning experiences in the country.  The new Digital Academy won’t be based in a class room, instead it will be based inside a software development business; which gives the students a unique experience to learn from experts in their field.

Project Manager for the Digital Academy, Mike Trebilcock, said: “With a national shortage of digital skills, there is a need to challenge how we think about skills training and education for digital industries. We need to prepare the developers, technicians and dreamers of the future to be work ready, with high-level skills and real world experience through extensive industry support. In order to achieve this we need to evolve traditional concepts of learning and look at things differently.”

The course has been limited to just 12 students and will focus on Software Development skills for young people aged 16+, creating the makers of the future. This unique industry-designed and focused programme will develop young people who, at the end of their programme, will be extremely employable or who may wish to continue their studies at university level.

Mike continued: “The students will be making a commitment to be with us Mon- Fri, 9am to 5pm for 30 weeks per year; based in offices in one of Cornwall’s leading software development companies, Bluefruit Software, at the Gateway Business Centre in Pool.  It’s different because there are no  teachers, instead the students will be supported by a mentor and work with a range of specialist instructors, who are experts in their respective fields, by working on a range of projects.”

Software developers lie at the heart of global business, from designing the software that keeps huge retailers and manufacturers moving, to building the latest games and apps. Information technology is a huge part of everyday life, and those people helping to build and maintain it are in high demand.

Director Bluefruit software Paul Massey said. “Addressing the shortage of digital skills is key to us growing as a company, the Digital Academy approach of learning through real life and near-real life projects will create learners with a broad range of skills and experience that will start their journey to becoming valuable software developers and digital problem solvers.”

That is something echoed by Belinda Waldock, a Director of Software Cornwall, she said: “Cornwall’s Software industry is experiencing amazing growth, 2nd in the UK. To continue this growth we need to be helping the next generation develop the right skills and experience. The academy team have a wealth of experience in creating the right learning environment with just the right level of challenge. Learners are inspired and given the tools they will need to solve the digital problems of the future.”

Applications are being taken now for September 2016 and there are only 12 places are available. If you are interested in joining us, or want to talk to one of the team in more detail about the programme, please contact us: hello@iamdigital.uk or call 0845 22 32 567.

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