Student visit to WCIT – 8 February 2022

Members of WCIT were delighted to welcome students from the Lilian Baylis Technology School to the Information Technologists’ Hall on February 8.

28 pupils from Year 9 enjoyed a two-course lunch at the Hall, where they had the opportunity to discuss careers and routes into IT with WCIT members.

As a former student of the school himself, Court Assistant Steve Smith was pleased to host the event: “I always see these events as a longer term investment. You rarely know if the event has had a positive impact, but we are sowing seeds. Today I experienced one of those rare moments and was delighted to hear a student tell his teacher that he felt inspired by the breakout session and is now really interested in a career in IT.”

Later in the day, a dozen 6th form students – all of whom are studying an IT-related course – took turns to present their thoughts about how remote learning during the pandemic had changed the way they collaborated with others. They were also asked to consider how technology could make hybrid working for businesses most effective. Their presentations were made during a three-course dinner hosted by Liveryman and Chair of the Charitable Operations Committee, Richard Pone.

Richard, who is also a Governor for the Lilian Baylis Technology School, was impressed with the standard of presentations. “The students were thoughtful, articulate, and challenging in presenting their views, and were utterly engaging in the Q&A session. The future is in good hands.”

Both the lunch and dinner were funded by the WCIT Charity, which also supports students from the Hammersmith Academy.