At Glandore we believe in supporting our Glandore Members events and initiatives, which is why our team was delighted to host mTech Academy’s official launch last week in our Arthur House office. Find out more about their education programme and how they hope it will revolutionise tech education for students in Northern Ireland.
A new initiative which aims to revolutionise the education system in Northern Ireland by intelligently
connecting pupils and educators with industry employers has kicked off today with the support of global
and local companies including PwC, Grant Thornton, BT, Novosco and Smiley Monroe.
mTech.Academy aims to create an experiential learning community which will bring together ten
schools with industry leading organisations for a year-long programme of mentoring, professional
development and exposure to the mobile technologies that will define the future of work.
It has been formed as a collaboration between GSMA’s chief marketing officer Michael O’Hara and
leading enterprise educationalist Diane Morrow, who spent 10 years teaching A Level business studies
and careers in schools across Northern Ireland.
This year’s programme will culminate with 100 Year 10 students experiencing a once in a life changing
and 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. Mobile World Congress is an annual
global showcase organised by the GSMA and attended by over 108,000 delegates including 7,700 CEOs,
190 government delegations and 3,500 members of the media.
Seventy teachers in leadership level roles will have the opportunity to engage in training sessions with
industry leaders during the academic year, exploring how to inspire and empower their teams in the era
of intelligent connectivity.
Diane Morrow, co-founder of mTech.Academy, said:
“Today is a very exciting day for us as we kick off our programme for the 2018/19 academic year andreveal the fantastic companies who have come on board as supporters. We want to act as a bridge between industry and education to introduce more experiential learning techniques to pupils, while alsodelivering access and mentoring opportunities for careers’ teachers.”
Michael O’Hara, co-founder of mTech.Academy and chief marketing officer of GSMA, said:
“With mTech.Academy we are building a true learning experience which will allow pupils from Northern
Ireland to bring their passion for mobile technology to the global stage. Last year we ran a trial
programme, bringing 11 pupils from St Ronan's College Lurgan to Mobile World Congress, and it was
amazing to see how well they responded to the opportunity, with many changing their subject choices
as a result. Diane and I immediately set about building the mTech.Academy programme, with the goal of
bringing this experience to more students from across Northern Ireland.”
“There are about 200 schools in Northern Ireland, and we hope reach all of these over the next five
years, closing the gap between industry and education, and preparing our young people for the exciting
and dynamic workplace of the future.”
Tommy O'Reilly, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Department of Education, said:
“The Department of Education welcomes this exciting and innovative initiative. The connection between
industry and education is key, and the opportunity to have our young people from Northern Ireland
experience the life changing learnings at Mobile World Congress makes this program unique. The
Department looks forward to working with the mTech.Academy team as the education system in
Northern Ireland continues to respond positively to the challenges of a new digital world.”
Lynne Rainey, PwC NI Student Recruitment Partner, said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for students and builds upon the work with young people that we’ve
been doing for several years. The world of work is changing rapidly and 85% of the jobs that will exist in
2030 haven’t been invented yet. It’s imperative that, where appropriate, industry reaches out to
support students achieve their full potential.”
Patrick Gallen, Partner, Grant Thornton, People and Change Consulting, said:
“Grant Thornton is delighted to be working with mTech.Academy on this exciting endeavor. Our People
and Change Consulting practice will deliver the twilight training sessions, where teachers will get to
experience leading edge thinking and techniques on areas such as communication, collaboration and
inspiring innovation and creativity. The teachers will take these new skills back into the schools and
creative a positive leadership environment that will drive measurable change at all levels within the
Additional supporters of the mTech.Academy programme include Around Noon, Bespoke
Communications, Glandore, MCE Public Relations and W5.
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