On Tuesday 24th May, Career Ready held a networking event at Noa Bakehouse - the focus of the evening was for the students to develop and nurture their contacts with employers within the IT Sector.

On Tuesday 24th May twelve Career Ready students, employers from the IT Sector and Graham Cregeen (MHK) attended an IT career networking event at Noa Bakehouse.
The evening commenced with Career Ready Mentor Peter Quayle (PDMS), who is also hosting an internship this summer, sharing his career experiences and explaining the importance of creating & maintaining networking relationship. 
Tom Gough (Thomas Patrick Creative Agency) followed and outlined his career history to date. Tom left Ramsey Grammar School at 17 years to start up his own IT Business, now continuing successes of his design company at just 18 years old!
Oliver Steriopulos from Noc396, who will be providing an internship this summer, stated “I thought the Noa Bake House event was a really good idea and worked very well indeed. Good timing and venue for the audience.”

Morgan Skillicorn from Ramsey Grammar School commented:

“I am not comfortable talking to employers but the relaxed atmosphere broke down these barriers. Thanks to all the employers for giving up their time this evening – I really enjoyed it!”

What is Career Ready? Career Ready UK

The Career Ready programme offers practical learning to help young people develop the skills they need for a career in IT which is linked to their academic studies or interests.

Running on the Island since 2014 the Career Ready programme involves 4 schools: Ramsey Grammar School, QEII, Castle Rushen and St Ninian’s working together to deliver an IT-themed Career Ready programme. 

Classroom learning is married to direct contact with the workplace and employers that makes the Career Ready programme stand out.

The Career Ready programme consists of 4 pillars – masterclasses, mentoring, workplace visits and internships.  It provides the opportunity for schools, colleges & employers to work together in highly productive ways to develop future talent pipelines, to ensure the curriculum is meeting the local employer skill needs and to help transform young people’s life chances.

Businesses involved on the Isle of Man

Employer support is growing for the programme as more and more local companies recognise the value in developing future talent for the island’s growing ICT industry. 

Good and enthusiastic collaboration between Government departments, third sector volunteers and the Manx ICT Association has been the key to success of the programme. 

Career Ready’s initiative has been backed by the Department of Economic and Development and Department of Education and Children and is also supported by employers on the Isle of Man. These include: PDMS, Noc396, Hansard Global, GTS (IOM Government Cabinet Office), AFD Software, Ramsey, IT Works, WiManx, FutureTech Ltd, Netcetera, Isle of Man Post Office, Annexio, Galileo Fund Services Limited, Lloyds Banking Group, Caledonia Ltd, and Isle of Man Government Departments; E-gaming, Project Managers,  Network Architects and E-business managers.


For more information about Career Ready and find out how you can get involved visit www.careerready.org.uk