Building Brighter Futures in A Digitally Driven World

From our recent apprenticeship blog, you’ll recognise that GCI is passionate about engaging people of all ages in technology, having welcomed almost 30 apprentices into the business since 2012. 

23 July 2019

As part of this drive, GCI’s Dan Washbrook recently began working with Linwood School in Bournemouth, which specialises in children and young people with a range of special educational needs and disabilities. GCI first visited the school several months ago as part of National Careers Week to talk to the young people about a career in IT. However, what simply should have been an educational visit, turned into an inspiring and insightful day heightened by the student’s excitement in technology – which was a real reminder of why the IT profession can be so rewarding. With that, we knew we had to do more, and so we invited Linwood to GCI’s Poole office for the day. Dan tells us more!


What did the day involve?

“We enjoyed the original talks so much that we couldn’t wait to meet everyone again and show them some ‘hands on’ elements that make working in technology so great. We started with a tour of the office and all the departments that are integral to our operations, followed by a discussion on entry paths in technology and the opportunities available at GCI. We then finished the day with a practical demonstration and role play. The children had to solve a customer’s wireless issue and absolutely excelled, not only in finding a resolution, but also working as a team and dealing with a difficult ‘customer’. I’m waiting for my Oscar nomination any day now!”

What has the experience taught you?

“Linwood School works in difficult situations but treats every pupil as an individual to best support their learning and development, and we are so happy to have had the opportunity to meet and work with these young people. They've taught us a lot about the opportunities available to us as an employer and that the next generation is bringing new ideas, new ways of working, and new methods that make us more efficient as an organisation. It was wonderful to encourage them and express that no individual’s difficulties would prevent them from working if their passion is there.”

What advice would you give to other employers who are considering the implementation of school visits to their organisation?

“Without hesitation I urge that everyone gets involved!  Extracurricular activities are the perfect way to engage more young people and get them excited about tech, and it’s more important than ever that we influence younger people to unlock their potential in a digitally driven world.”

If you'd like to know more about Linwood School then check out their website here. For more information on GCI careers click here.

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