On Tuesday 18th July 2017, four students from Year 12 swapped lessons in college for the opportunity to visit the Datum datacentre in Cody Technology Park, Farnborough.
This excursion came about as a result of the recent Progression Day in college when Steve Groom, CEO of Vissensa came to talk about his own career path and industry experiences.
The students found that they wanted to learn more about where their qualification might lead them and Steve very kindly offered to give up even more of his time to tour them around the data centre to discuss some of the management systems.
Datum is a UK Government “List-X” site so access for students is very rare. Cameron Burry stated:
“It was a great opportunity to find out more about possible career paths in this sector of business. We were overwhelmed by the lengths taken by the Vissensa team to provide a really worthwhile tour and opportunity to ask lots of questions”
Steve Groom, CEO of Vissensa commented “ It was a great pleasure to host the boys from Avonbourne 6th Form College and give them some insight as to the different types of engineering and technical jobs associated with running IT solutions in the cloud. We hope the visit has helped inspire them to go on to develop a career in IT.”
As a Business and Enterprise Trust, Avonbourne works with many external stakeholders in the business sector to ensure all students are prepared and have the right skills set for the jobs of tomorrow. The in-house careers provision is second to none and additionally all teaching staff receive training in this area so that a holistic approach is taken to supporting students throughout their education.