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Hi-Tech Horizons Goes Virtual And Welcomes AWE!

Hi-Tech Horizons goes virtual and welcomes AWE!

Our flagship programme, Hi-Tech Horizons, has gone virtual so we can continue to showcase the exciting array of hi-tech careers available to young people. Along with our prestigious hi-tech partners and supporters: Gamma, Greenham Trust, Softcat, Rosalind Franklin Institute, Micro Focus, Reading UK, Westcoast and now AWE, we have ensured that together we can continue the programme’s mission to inspire 50,000 students in 5 years, despite the impacts of COVID-19.

Micro Focus are taking part in Hi-Tech Horizons as part of their Micro Focus INSPIRE programme, where employees are given volunteer days to enable them to participate and inspire young people to consider a career in the technology sector. The Micro Focus team were really keen to get sessions going again after the UK’s first lockdown. In fact, they delivered their first virtual workshops to 140 Year 10 students at Theale Green earlier this month!

Westcoast are adopting four of the UN’s global goals for companies, including: gender equality, environment, sustainability and education. Westcoast will be using their Westcoast Brightsparks Programme, developed with our support, to work towards implementing their ‘education’ goal, and are looking forward to getting sessions rolled out in January.

Teams at Gamma and Rosalind Franklin Institute have worked incredibly hard alongside us adapting their workshops and creating virtual content and are excited to start sessions again with students in December.

Michelle Smith, our CEO, commented, “We simply couldn’t achieve any of our goals without our valued partners and we are incredibly grateful to all of our Hi Tech Horizon sponsors without whom the programme would not be possible. We would also like to recognise our partner schools, the uptake of virtual Hi-Tech Horizons workshops has blown us away with schools and colleges showing tremendous adaptability to enable live online sessions to take place to ensure students don’t miss out.

“We are absolutely delighted that AWE are joining us, it’s fantastic to be building on our long-standing partnership with the organisation and to have even more opportunities to showcase the exciting STEM pathways and opportunities available to young people. EBP’s mission is to ‘unite education and business to inspire and equip our future workforce for tomorrow’s workplace’ and giving students across our region the chance to engage and interact with leading edge employers is fundamental in achieving our mission. Such opportunities have never been needed more than at the present time when our young people face so much uncertainty due to the impacts of COVID-19.”

AWE, added, “We are delighted to be part of Hi-Tech Horizons. helping attract talent into the STEM sector is always high on our agenda and the programme gives us a fantastic reach and allows us to engage with our community during these strange times.”

To find out more and be part of the programme, give us a call on 01635 279279, email

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