Skills & Education

Digital Innovators Ideathon Powered by First Central Group

Digital Innovators programme encourages students to find solutions to local skills challenge

Guernsey College of Further Education computer science students designed technology-based solutions to tackle a skills problem statement as part of our Digital Innovator Programme, powered by First Central Group.

This is the second year that First Central Group has partnered with us to deliver the programme, which was created as a way of developing opportunities for young people to engage with digital technologies. 

John Davison, Chief Information Officer at First Central Group, said:

“The Digital Innovators Programme is designed to develop the skills required for our evolving digital economy. Career opportunities in technology and creative sectors are more exciting than ever been before. It’s essential for young people to have a space where they can develop digital skills on-island and this session was a great way to get students thinking about how technology can play a role in solving real world problems.”

At this ideathon session, held on Monday 11th November, we asked students to develop solutions for the following problem statement set by the First Central team:

Guernsey is a small community of talented professionals but it is not easy to find suitable people for specific jobs.

Problem statement chosen by First Central Group employees.

The students explored the root causes and a consequences of the problem before moving on to think creatively about how technology could be used to solve it. They discussed a range of solutions including virtual reality work experience and a ‘dream team’ app where businesses could consider applicants based on the skills their team is currently missing or short of. 

Lucy Kirby, Head of Digital at the Digital Greenhouse, said:

“This scheme not only teaches students some important digital skills through hands-on learning, it also provides the students with the soft skills they will need in the workplace.”

The students will now prepare to present their solutions to employees from First Central on Thursday 19 December 2019, where they will take their ideas to the next stage of development. 

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