Pupils take part in digital skills initiative

PUPILS from Castle Tower School in Ballymena have helped get the New Year underway as the first group of young people in 2020 to take part in an ongoing digital skills initiative being headed up by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and Young Enterprise Northern Ireland (YENI).

L-R Stephen McPeake, (CEO Civicdollars), Paul Fitzpatrick, (Teacher), Jane Hanna, (Development Manager), Lesley Kerr, (MEA Policy Officer), Sean Keenan, (MEA Economic Development Officer) and Joel White, (Training Officer).


The Digital Youth Masterclass project, which is being rolled out to seven schools from the Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus areas, sets participants a series of challenges designed to ignite their interest in the digital sector.

The schools taking part in the initiative, which has been funded by Council and delivered by YENI, are Cambridge House Grammar School, St Killian’s College, Carrickfergus Grammar School, Castle Tower School, Dunclug College, Larne High School and Ulidia Integrated College.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Maureen Morrow, launched the programme.

Jane Hanna, YENI Development Manager, said: “The latest Digital Youth Session, and the first of 2020, was held with the post-16 students of Castle Tower School.

“It was great to see the teamwork and creativity of the students who came up with amazing new app ideas including: Furbaby Fitness, Pet Pros, My Destination Travel App, VR Retro games, and Holotoons. Thanks to Stephen McPeake, Civic Dollars and Report All, for sharing his experience and helping the students.”

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