mTech.Academy Signs Additional Partners for Northern Ireland Experiential Learning Initiative

29 November, 2018

mTech.Academy, an initiative designed to revolutionise the education system in Northern Ireland by intelligently connecting pupils and educators with industry employers, today announced support from Dawson Andrews and Instil. The two local firms join previously announced mTech.Academy partners PwC, Grant Thornton, BT, Novosco and Smiley Monroe.

“We are delighted to be partnering with mTech.Academy as they deliver a programme of experiential learning to teachers and students. As a digital agency, we know how important exposure to technology will be in inspiring tomorrow’s leaders.” said Cameron Stewart, co-founder at Dawson Andrews.

“At Instil, we are focused on recruiting new employees that have the capabilities to develop leading-edge software. We believe that the mTech.Academy programme is a great first step in preparing students for these jobs, showing them the opportunities and careers that they can aspire to in the coming years,” said Tara Simpson, Managing Director of Instil.

mTech.Academy is bringing together 10 schools in Northern Ireland with industry-leading organisations for a programme of mentoring, professional development and exposure to the mobile technologies that will define the future of work.

This year’s programme will culminate with 100 Year 10 students experiencing a life-changing exclusive opportunity to travel to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2019, where they will present their ideas on smart cities to senior business leaders. Organised annually by the GSMA, the 2018 edition of Mobile World Congress attracted over 107,000 attendees, 2,400 participating companies, 7,700 CEOs, delegations from more than 180 countries and international organisations and 3,500 members of the media.

Diane Morrow, co-founder of mTech.Academy, said:

“At mTech.Academy, we are acting as a bridge between industry and education to introduce more experiential learning techniques to pupils, while also delivering access and mentoring opportunities for teachers. The addition of these two leading local technology companies, Dawson Andrews and Instil, will enhance the programme experience for our students, and further prepare them with the skills they will require in the future workplace.”

Additional supporters of the mTech.Academy programme include Around Noon, Bespoke Communications, Glandore, MCE Public Relations and W5.