10 March 2015: Education technology charity, Apps for Good, which equips students with the skills to design and make apps that solve real-world problems, has this month launched a Fellows Programme for former students. Powered by Thomson Reuters, the programme is open to all students who have completed the Apps for Good course, giving them the opportunity to take their experience even further.
Following a successful pilot with over 100 students, the Fellows Programme will now be opened to the 25,000 students who are enrolled on the Apps for Good course this year. The programme enables students to:
- Learn – continue to develop their skills
- Achieve – enter competitions and challenges
- Discover – get information and advice on potential career paths
- Do – gain hands-on experience in business and tech
- Engage – connect with Apps for Good’s ever-expanding network of industry experts
- Return – become an Apps for Good Ambassador
The aim of the programme is to give former Apps for Good students the chance to take part in activities that help them think about the future, learn new skills and get real-life experiences in business and tech.
Debbie Forster, managing director at Apps for Good, comments: “Each year we help students from all over the UK transform from consumers into creators of technology. Now we want to take that even further, giving students who have taken part in Apps for Good at their school the chance to continue to build connections with our communities of corporate partners and Experts, getting hands on experience in the world of tech and business. Our aim is to build a generation of problem solvers and digital makers, ensuring young people have the confidence and skills to succeed in the 21st century, and the Fellows Programme will be an important part of how we achieve this mission.”
The students involved in the pilot took part in a number of skill-enhancing activities, including representing Apps for Good at Skoll World Forum, entering competitions such as Wired Next Generation, and taking part in user testing for Tech Will Save Us and Plotr.
As the programme continues to develop, this year’s cohort will be exposed to an even wider range of opportunities. This includes taking part in Design Teams where the students will help shape the future of the Fellows Programme, joining Apps for Good’s team of bloggers and vloggers, as well as the chance to get hands-on experience in the world of work with partners such as the Guardian, YouthNet and Ogilvy.
Bob Schukai, Head of Advanced Product Innovation at Thomson Reuters, adds, “Thomson Reuters is excited to be strengthening our partnership with Apps for Good by supporting its Fellows Programme. My colleagues and I have been continually impressed by the dedication and skill-sets of the students we’ve worked with, so I am delighted that their talents and experience will now be utilised to help teach the next generation of young technologists. Like Apps for Good, Thomson Reuters is passionate about teaching young people business and technology skills, so we are proud to continue to support this amazing organisation.”
To find out more about the fellows programme please visit www.appsforgood.org/fellows or contact Noreen Aldworth at email@example.com. Companies interested in becoming corporate partners should contact Sophie Ball at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to Editors
About Apps for Good:
Registered charity, Apps for Good, is an education technology movement that aims to build a new global generation of problem solvers and digital makers: students who can create, launch and market new products that change the world. Apps for Good wants to transform the way that technology is taught in schools, unlocking the talent of young people and helping them to be more able, self-confident and collaborative, ready to make a difference in their world.
The Apps for Good course is built around students finding a problem they want to solve and building, launching and marketing a solution using technology. Alongside improving their digital competency, students develop essential 21st century skills such as problem-solving, communication and team work.
Apps for Good partners with educators in schools and learning centres to deliver its app development course to young people 10-18 years of age. In the 2014-15 academic year, Apps for Good is being delivered to over 25,000 students within more than 470 Education Partners across the whole of the UK, growing by 50,000 percent since launch in 2010 with two centres and 50 students. Apps for Good are also committed to developing long-term and mutually beneficial partnerships with companies and foundations who share their vision of improving technology education. Corporate partners and sponsors include technology leaders Facebook, Google, Thomson Reuters, Barclaycard and Samsung to name but a few.
Apps for Good is currently recruiting schools to join as Education Partners for the 2015/2016 course.
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