Highlighting careers in technical services with local “Hack” event

Staff at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are supporting a local event to encourage young people to get involved in careers within technical services.

The Technical Services team at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals are supporting the Chorley Hack event; a coding competition for 9-13 year olds in Chorley. Members of the team will act as mentors on the day to inspire and support the teams; and will judge the challenge set on the day.

The Chorley Hack  invited students from 14 local schools to visit Chorley Town Hall on Friday 8th March for a fun day of coding with the aim being to hack a solution to a digital challenge to win prizes. As technology continues to develop, it is essential that young people are encouraged to and supported to use technology. The majority of jobs in the future will be digital based with a certain skill set required to succeed such as animation, design in engineering and software development.

The young teams were challenged to create a game or animation that educates other young people about cyber bullying, online safety and social media safety as part of the day.

Saeed Umar, Head of Technical Services, John Nicholson, and Paul Woodhouse, Technical Services Infrastructure Specialists at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, will mentor & to support the children during the coding competition.

Saeed said: “We are getting involved with the Chorley Hack event to support our local community and encourage the next generation of science, technology, engineering and maths experts required for the future. The technical services team encourages the development of young adults and ensuring that all students and young people have access to work experience to help them shape there career path. We are pleased to be working with Chorley Council and to have recently built up a partnership with Runshaw College to build relationships with the Lancashire based education providers.”

You can read more about the Chorley Hack here

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