The 123Tech programme offers schools industry mentors from our 'Digital Army' to help support the students throughout the challenge.
The challenge is simple, students identify a problem in their school or local community, and with the guidance of an industry mentor, use Digital Technologies to solve it.
The role of a mentor is to act as support for the students as they build their projects, this can be done by visiting your chosen school or connect via video call.
Be a Soldier in our Digital Army
Enlisting as a mentor in our digital army is a great way to give back to the community and support young people as they explore and learn digital technologies.
Industry mentors are a crucial component of the Challenge at Intermediate and Secondary School levels. They provide advice and guidance to teams of students and help them frame up a solution to their local community or school issue that htey have undertaken to solve.
The workload is not high for industry mentors. They meet with the students 2-3 times over a 12 week period, plus provide additional guidance as required.
You do not need to be a software developer to be a soldier in the digital army, nor do you need specific technical experience. To be an effective mentor for students you simply need to be aware of methodologies used in the IT industry, best practice and know how to motive students to undertake research, expand on their ideas and help them to identify
The work undertaken by the 123Tech Digital Army is rewarding, and is eligible for CPD points to go towards maintaining ITP membership or certification.Enlisting is a great way to give back to the community and support young people as they explore and learn digital technologies.