On Friday 20th July the Year 12 Vocational ICT and ITGS groups, accompanied by Miss Kelly and Mr Naeem spent a day at RM Education in Abingdon near Oxford. The focus of the day was for students to get hands on access to RMs latest hardware and software as well as getting an understanding of IT related careers.
The first part of the day was spent in RMs REAL Centre. The RM REAL Centre (Rethinking Education And Learning) is designed to provoke discussion and research about how the integrated design of furniture and technology can provide flexibility and extend the range of activities to support a more learner-centred approach. Here students were able to take part in a new technologies project, led by Senior Education consultant Chris Horne, designing a marketing campaign for the Olympics. They were able to use any of the technologies that they saw in the centre, including Macs, green screens, stop motion animation and interactive tables.
After lunch the students were involved in a brilliant workshop led by Beverley Ashton around ‘setting high aspirations and living your dreams’. Bev Ashton, who works for RM as a Service Delivery Manager, is a Guinness World record holder for being part of the ‘The fastest unsupported row around the British mainland by a female quad boat’. A really engaging session with lots for the students to think about.
The final session saw the students tour the RM factory seeing how hardware is assembled, tested and packed for delivery. This was followed by a careers workshop run by Celina Joiner (Recruitment Manager) and Martina Mertes (Recruitment Consultant). Celina and Martina informed the students about the RM recruitment process and what the key aspects were for developing a CV, application form and interview techniques -another very informative and useful session.
The day finished off with the students sharing the work they had developed in the morning.