Simon Jordan's Blog - September 2015

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The future’s written

Coding has become so important that children are being taught computer languages, Boolean logic and how to create simple programmes  as compulsory skills in Secondary Schools and the BBC have launched “Make It Digital” to encourage the take-up of computer programming in young people. The initiative, alongside similar projects from companies and organisations large and small, from Barclay’s to the Raspberry Pi Foundation and online resources like Code Academy and Treehouse are also helping to pave the way. In fact, coding has become such a big part of our collective futures that even global superstars are getting involved. Will.I.Am has made good on his plans in 2012 to “go back to school” and learn how to code; his I.Am.Angel Foundation has expanded exponentially, and now administers opportunities in STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)( as well as continuing the charitable activities and programs the foundation was set up to provide,  targeted towards providing college scholarships (i.am scholarship) and college preparation (i.am College Track). Will.I.Am: A philanthropist for our time? Maybe that’s a blog post for another time…) So why exactly is it so important? “Code powers our digital world,” says the International Business Times. “Every website, smartphone app, computer programme, calculator and even microwave relies on code in order to operate. This makes coders the architects and builders of the digital age.” And I know that soon my son Jude will be at school learning how to talk to computers and command them to do his bidding, and this has led me to realise something. I need to get better at coding. The great thing is that he will never be left behind – he’ll grow up with these skills. I will learn my own way but he’ll be able to help me and I think that’s fantastic. In the working world, we never stop learning. With rapidly evolving technologies changing the landscape of our manufacturing, tech and construction industries, we can’t afford to be left behind. To admit you’d like to gain new skills isn’t a weakness; it’s a way to remain future-proof. So I’m asking you, be honest, what do you think you’d like to learn more about? If you’d like to find out more about the coding skills your kids will be learning at school, this Guardian article links to some great resources: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/sep/04/coding-school-computing-children-programming

Burnley College Young Engineers Programme in conjunction with Themis

We’re starting something exciting on September 30th. Our Young Engineers Programme, run in conjunction with Burnley College has been dreamed up to allow successful Year 10 & 11 applicants to experience 10 weeks of Engineering industry activities. The young participants will have the excellent opportunity of working alongside advanced Engineering companies like WEC Group, Pipeline Induction Heat, RLC, Hycrome Europe, Safran Aircelle, Paradigm Precision and Pennine Tooling, giving the real insights and experience in the Engineering sector. The activities that will take place over this ten week period during after school hours will be split out into two weeks experience of each industry area. CAD and 3D Printing will be taught and discussed as well as hands-on workshops in Carbon Fibre Lay Up, Sheet Metal, Maintenance and CNC. This is a unique and very exciting opportunity for Year 10 and 11 students in East Lancashire to get early, hands-on experience in Engineering while meeting and talking with managers and employees from some of the UK’s most prominent industry leaders.

Inspiring and Achieving in 2015

This year our #themisawards celebrations reached new heights as employers, Apprentices, trainers and trainees enjoyed each other’s’ successes from over the past 12 months. I always love the busy period that is the Inspire and Achieve Awards season; it reminds me of all the hard work and enthusiasm that’s present every day not only by our Apprentices but by the dedication of the Employers we work closely with. That’s a lot of you reading this. I’d like to say thank you, from all of us, for all of your continued support and hard work. Our Apprentices have got bright futures thanks to the opportunities you give to them! And for any Apprentices reading this – we’d be nothing without your incredible hard work and drive to succeed. From our award winners to brand new applicants, we’re proud that you have chosen to start the career you want with us. [pic of awards] Click here to find out the winners and see more photos of the Inspire and Achieve Awards 2015.

Groundbreaking Graphene

Manchester has been at the centre of Northern Industry for more than 150 years, but exciting leaps forward in the production of futuristic materials graphite and graphene are once again putting Northern engineers and scientists at the forefront of an industrial revolution. As a disruptive technology, Manchester University have described graphene as “transformational”, adding that when used to enhance or improve existing materials it could change the engineering landscape forever. To get a taste of just some of the interesting ways graphene technology is beginning to shape new engineering breakthroughs, take a look at the infographic below, with information gathered from the fantastic University of Manchester graphene minisite. Graphene


Don't forget that on Thursday 24th September from 8am, we'll be hosting the Lancashire Business View Hot 100 breakfast event from our HQ at Burnley College on Princess Way. The panellists are confirmed and ready to offer top tips for business success in a Question Time-style panel discussion. I'm looking forward to finding out how Lancashire has punched back from recession with positive results in turnover, jobs and profits. On the morning, we’ll be joined by:

  • Laila Remtulla, Managing Director, Laila’s Fine Foods
  • Joanne Varey, Managing Director, Granby Marketing Services
  • Paul Taberber, Investment Director, Enterprise Ventures Group
  • Ken Shackleton, Managing Director, Cardboard Box Company

Tickets are still available but they're selling out fast. Get yours here: http://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Burnley/Burnley-College/Hot-100-The-Event/12504044/

Apprentices on-site

Over the past couple of months we’ve been visiting Apprentices in their workplaces to find out what they do on a daily basis. Take a look at the gallery below to see some of the images we’ve collected. [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="7087,7086,7085,7082"]  

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