Slough Aspire and IO Data Centres highlight ‘Jobs of the Future’ POSTED BY FIONA JONES: JUNE 2015 


One-day educational event offers Year-10 pupils preparing for GCSE examinations at The Westgate School a timely chance to look forward, plan and map out ideas, plus the rare opportunity to visit a highly secure data centre and meet its key employees 

At a crucial stage in their secondary education a one-day workshop event – featuring a visit to an advanced data centre - will be held on July 6 in Slough for Year-10 (14 to15-year-old) pupils from The Westgate School. 
Facing preparation now for GCSE examinations in one year’s time the workshop - called ‘Jobs of the Future’ - is designed to help pupils consider a number of career possibilities and get ideas so they can pick the best and most appropriate subjects to study. 
The event is the initiative of Slough Aspire, a joint private and public sector skills and training social enterprise, working in conjunction with IO’s UK Data Centre, a leading global data centre services company. 
Facilitated by Learning to Work, a local charity working for the benefit of young people, schools, colleges and businesses, ‘Jobs of the Future’ will start with registration at 9.30am followed by a presentation from IO, then a series of morning workshops. 
These workshops will include a ‘Speed Networking’ session, involving group interactions between The Westgate School pupils and IO staff, enabling the latter to be questioned about their career experiences and views. 
A highlight of the workshop sessions will be visits to IO’s spectacular and advanced data centre in Liverpool Road, just around the corner from Slough Aspire’s facilities in Edinburgh Avenue, Slough Trading Estate, where the event will be held. 
Data centres are a fundamental part of the modern digital domain. The ‘Jobs of the Future’ experience, Slough Aspire and IO believe, will act as an introduction so pupils may become aware of all the other jobs that stem from this fundamental technology, such as hardware design and manufacture, programming and software engineering, big data processing, and a host of other related job prospects. 
After lunch pupils will work in teams to imaginatively prepare presentations on their ideas of how jobs and work have changed and will change in the future, and how the day has influenced their ideas about future career paths and choices. 
During the day pupils will have access to IT, online information as well as that sourced throughout the event, and be given stationery and other resources to prepare their presentation visuals. After teams deliver their presentations, pupils will participate in a question and answer session and be given feedback from IO and Aspire. The event will finish at 3.00pm. 
“Data centres are the immense under-the-bonnet engines that are dramatically but quietly supporting the third industrial revolution – the internet and a digitally connected world. This revolution is where many of tomorrow’s jobs will be found and why we are holding the event,” says Fiona Jones, Chief Executive of Slough Aspire. 
“‘Jobs of the Future’ represents a unique opportunity for pupils from The Westgate School to meet key people in a fast-moving digital industry – from the UK managing director of IO, to the company’s marketing people, network infrastructure engineers and other important personnel. 
“Additionally, they will be given the unique opportunity to look around one of IO’s brand new, state-of-the-art facilities, usually completely inaccessible to the public. We are very excited the company has agreed to work with us.” 
“We are delighted to be working with Slough Aspire and supporting the local community. ‘Jobs of the Future’ is an exciting and important element of the digital economy and we hope to encourage the next generation to be actively thinking about new technology and how they can be part of the future of IT and business,” says Nigel Stevens, Managing Director, IO UK. 
“At Slough Aspire, our aim is to inspire ideas, fire up ambitions and unlock an individual’s potential,” says Fiona Jones. “Most people remember school experiences like this, often over a lifetime, and our aim is to make ‘Jobs of the Future’ as memorable and influential for the next generation of work people.” 
About Slough Aspire 
Launched in 2013, Slough Aspire is a joint-venture between the public and private sectors that helps people in the Slough area develop their talents and employability skills relevant to the requirements of local businesses. Essentially a business-oriented community enterprise, it offers a variety of approved training and awareness courses plus the hire of its modern and well-equipped facilities for events. It also sponsors the annual Slough Aspire Careers Event. Managed by a Board of Directors, commercial interests are represented by companies including SEGRO, Mars and Arvato. Public sector partners comprise Slough Borough Council, Learning to Work and East Berkshire College. It is strategically based in the centre of Slough Trading Estate, the largest privately-owned industrial zone in Europe. 
About IO Data Centres 
Founded in 2007, IO is a data centre services company that utilises the latest data centre technology to deliver colocation and cloud services to businesses and governments around the world. IO’s next-generation colocation offering gives enterprises the flexibility to deploy legacy and cloud applications in a secure and efficient environment. IO operates six state-of-the-art data centres in Arizona, Ohio, New Jersey, Singapore and London. Trusted by some of the most demanding consumers of data centre services, IO unleashes the potential for the data centre to deliver sustainable business value. For more information about IO, visit 
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