On Wednesday 7th February 2018, fourteen students visited local IT business PDMS, Global House, Douglas to enjoy a behind-the-scenes guided tour and an interactive presentation on the roles of being a Software Developer and a Systems Analyst. The event was organised by Career Ready, a UK wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people.

The presentation was delivered by Lewis Veale (Software Development Manager), Paul Bourdillon (Systems Analyst), Lorna Trevethan (General Manager) and Chris Gledhill (Managing Director), who each explained their career pathways to date and what they do in their respective jobs. Students were then given the opportunity to practise their networking skills with employees at PDMS and design a software programme on ‘how to make a jam and peanut butter sandwich’!

Fergus Lole from Ramsey Grammar School commented that ‘it was great to get advice from future employers about what they are looking for in prospective employees. Paul, Lewis, Chris and Lorna gave us some great tips and an insight into how a tech company operates’.

Chris Gledhill explained that ‘it is important as an IT company to get to know the young ‘techy’ people of the Isle of Man. We are always looking to give opportunities to young and talented people. Lorna Trevethan from PDMS is a member of the Career Ready Local Advisory Board and is the Business Lead for the board and as a company we always try and engage with the local community’.

Career Ready offers an 18 month programme including masterclasses, a professional mentor, workplace visits and a summer internship that helps students prepare for the world of work. Ramsey Grammar, QEII, St Ninian’s High School and UCM have been working with Career Ready for five years to help students gain the skills, attitudes and experience they need to succeed in their future careers.

Jo Davies, IOM Career Ready Coordinator, said: “It is always fantastic for the students to experience the world of work and to get them out of the classroom. We hope that the workplace visit will inspire the students and motivate them to aim high in their future careers. Thank you PDMS!”

For more information about Career Ready, visit: www.careerready.org.uk or contact local Coordinator Jo Davies via email: careerready@online.sch.im or telephone: 497355. Recruitment for the new cohort will start September 2018.