Unity5 are delighted to be able to work with the Computing Department at Exmouth Community College to support and encourage pupils who are learning Computing skills. Over the last year, we have been working with Martin Brown (Head of Computing & ICT) and the teaching staff to introduce some new coding languages into the curriculum which are being used by professional development teams.
Martin said after a recent visit to the school, “It is very satisfying to be able to link what is taught in the curriculum with what happens in modern software development industry. Without doubt the students have benefitted greatly from Unity5’s support and commitment.”
Alex and Jake from our development team were on hand to support students as they present their initial ideas for their projects. Members of our development team have been working with the school over the last few years to help to bridge the gap for students between their studies and working in a development environment.
After the event, Alex commented. “It was a great experience seeing the quality of the student’s presentations.” Jake also noted, “They really thought through their ideas and I look forward to seeing their completed projects.”
Unity 5 has also hosted three students from the college, giving them the opportunity for them to spend a week working alongside our team to get a better idea of what the day to day work of a professional developer is like. They were able to see a busy, dynamic and innovative development team working on a market-leading software system used by thousands of users across the UK. Although we’ll be working with them on their coding skills, it won’t be all hard work, they will be encouraged to take part in the weekly pizzas, Nintendo switch and foosball table. They might even be persuaded to take part in our weekly PT session.
Unity Five, have experienced exciting business growth over the last two years and just set up their first overseas office in the USA, run by local Directors Dave & Celina from Exmouth and Lukasz in Exeter.
Dave Herbert, CEO of Unity 5 added “We are passionate about our team and the development work we do here. And we are keen to work with local schools to encourage more students to become excited about learning to code and become developers.”
Mr Davis the Principal of Exmouth Community College commented that “This is an amazing opportunity for our students to work with real experts in the field of ICT. This experience will undoubtedly enhance the skills and employability of our students for the future. We are immensely grateful to Unity5 for providing this unique opportunity for students who continue their studies into Post-16 with Exmouth Community College.
Data from the South West Teaching Alliance, which currently has 40 members, shows that GCSE Computing results have been the best in the region for the past 3 years.