IBM teams up with Hampshire schools for web challenge

CONTEST Pupils gather at launch of the IBM Website Challenge
CONTEST Pupils gather at launch of the IBM Website Challenge

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A RECORD number of schools across the region have signed up to take part in an annual website competition sponsored by technology giant IBM.

More than 70 students from Crookhorn College of Technology, Hayling College and Bridgemary, King Richard, Brookfield Community, Neville Lovett, Crofton and Admiral Lord Nelson schools are taking part in the annual schools website challenge.

The three-month event, run with the Education Business Partnership (EBP), gives students the chance to create a real-life business project by designing, developing and testing a website to fulfil the needs of a given brief.

This year PETA Training and Consultancy Services in North Harbour is looking to promote apprenticeships in a way that young people will understand and connect with.

A team of 19 IBM advisors will be working with the students throughout the challenge.

The winning team will be announced in March.

Fran Wright, EBP project co-ordinator, said: ‘Raising career aspirations amongst secondary school pupils relies on the involvement and investment of time and resource from companies such as these and we are extremely grateful for all their efforts. Schools who have taken part in the past say that adapting to unfamiliar situations outside the classroom helped students become more confident in their ability to achieve personal and academic goals.’