One students had a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the amazing work carried out by BT as well as having the chance to enter a random competition to text a paragraph about a dinosaur the quickest!
The day at BT Adastral Park consisted of the students being split into groups and rotating around pods.
Pod 1 - Openreach was a demo of splicing fibres. Rob Player, Information Technology student found the end of the circuit in a telephone cabinet by using pulses, this gave an insight into the BT network and ongoing fibre rollout.
Pod 2 – Words for work saw the students not being allowed to ask questions then allowed to ask questions. Students sat back to back and drew a picture based on the instructions from the other students which demonstrated the importance of communication.
Pod 3 – Students gained a practical insight into CV writing. Chris Taylor Electronics and Computing student won a USB memory stick for being pedantic and spotting a mistake in the sample CV!
Pod 4 – Teamwork, which meant students split into groups to solve jigsaw puzzles. However, unbeknown to them, the boxes contained a few pieces from the other groups so in order to complete and win the entire group had to work together!
Pod 5 – Supply chain had the students split into groups and given the roll of the customer, shop, distributor, warehouse and the factory. Based on the MIT “Beer Game” students had to pre-empt what the end user wanted and communicate with the entire supply chain.
Pod 6 – Gave students information about BT Apprenticeships such as Project Management, Customer Service, Software Engineer and Fibre Optic Installations. Students also had the opportunity to ask questions to existing BT Apprentices.
Emily Rutherford, Year 12 ICT Student said “the day was a great opportunity to gain an insight into what BT does and what apprenticeships they have on offer.”
Daniel Wright, ICT and Computing Teacher said “It was fantastic to see our students ask BT’s existing apprentices so many questions about the various opportunities available to them within the BT Research Laboratories at Adastral Park. It gave our students a real insight into possible careers within the IT and Computing industry and helped prepare them for the next step.”