Let the Appathon Begin! Bucks UTC students compete to design an app that brings opportunities to young people
On Thursday 4th February, Bucks Skills Hub delivered a session to our year 10 students to launch Appathon, a competition to design an app to help young people find career opportunities.
Bucks Skills Hub formed in 2015 to promote interaction between employers and educators. They work closely with young people to enable them to become more work ready. They engage with young people and ensure they gain the right skills for the local growth sectors.
One in three Buckinghamshire employers has stated that 17-18 year-olds recruited to first-time jobs from school are “poorly” or “very poorly” prepared for work (Source: UKCES ESS 2013). Working together with Bucks Skills Hub, we aim to make sure our students have all the necessary skills and are more than ready for the world of work.
The challenge is to create the interface of an app to help young people find apprenticeships, work experience and employment opportunities. Over the course of a month, students will put their teamwork and leadership skills to the test, working in teams to meet the brief. Students must also consider some aspects of marketing such as branding and user experience (UX). Simply speaking, UX is how one feels and behaves when using a product or a system. Some students will be familiar with this already from when we ran Digital Day at the end of last year.
What’s in it for the students?
The winners will see their ideas incorporated into the app. The session was delivered by Marina Jackson and Lorenzo Luiso of Bucks Skills Hub. Also there was Joy Foster, Web Development Manager of Made With Joy, a local web and app development company. The competition serves not only as an exciting chance for students to be involved in the design of a fully-functioning application, but it acts as an opportunity for our pupils to develop and utilise some of the key skills needed in the workplace.
Teams have until the 3rd of March to complete the project with a presentation, and the winner will be selected by a judging panel. Keep an eye out on our blog and on social media for further updates.