Students take theory into world of work

Sixth-formers got experience of the working world
Sixth-formers got experience of the working world

Sixth-form students visited a software development company in Milton Keynes for hands-on experience of the world of work.

The years 12 and 13 students from Ousedale School in Newport Pagnell visited MMCC in Copperhouse Court, Caldecotte, where they had the opportunity to experience real-world development and see how their textbook studies transfer into the workplace.

The students completed Javascript tasks that will be analysed and tested by MMCC and spoke to experts in the company about the key stages of software development.

Stewart Lee, ICT teacher at Ousedale School, said: “The students really benefited from seeing real-world IT. Their education is largely theory based and experiencing IT in a working business environment is a fantastic opportunity. MMCC have invested a lot of time and resource to contribute to the students’ learning and it has been an invaluable opportunity for them.”

The students have to develop a web-based application aimed at a real end-user for their final ICT project. As one of MMCC’s core services, the company provided pointers and advice from a working business perspective. Keeping the work to a high standard was the focus and testing the development was the key factor in achieving excellent results.

Stuart Griffin, business development manager at MMCC, said: “Testing is a crucial part of software development and involves specialist expertise. We integrated a test case scenario into the students’ task to encourage them to start thinking outside of the classroom. Technology is becoming increasingly familiar to this generation and it is a part of their everyday lives, so seeing development in a business environment from concept to completion really strengthens their understanding.

“MMCC enjoys working with the Ousedale students and providing them with an insight into real-life software development. We are keen to support the next IT generation. The applications that they are developing are impressive and input from specialists within the technology industry will help to further aid their progression.”