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Fire Tech Virtual Work Experience

 

The Fire Tech Virtual Work Experience programme is designed to help you make better career choices by discovering what it’s like to work in the tech industry.

The gap between the skills young people need for the world of work and what they are taught at school is growing wider, especially around digital skills. At the same time it is becoming more difficult for companies – and in particular tech companies which are increasingly the engine of our economy – to host work experiences.

 

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Fire Tech is working with our network of experts to help solve this, by creating a new programme of virtual work experiences. These virtual work experiences are effectively controlled simulations of the real thing and are designed to represent what it would be like to join a company in a variety of cutting edge tech industries.

 

“Why wait until the final years of a young person’s education to provide them with great work experience?”

 

Jill Hodges

 

How it works

 

On our Virtual Work Experience programme, we will show you the tools, projects and feedback that you would get as if you were an entry level worker in a tech-focused business. Here are some of the features…

 

A live boss

  • Meet your real live human boss online
  • Learn how the programme works
  • Select your first, industry-specific, tech projects and roles
  • Your boss will work with you to ensure you achieve your goals

Tangible projects

  • Project briefs based on real tech industry requirements
  • Resources and work tools exactly as used by the industry
  • Access to the dedicated FireTech training suite on LearnWorlds as required

Live teams

  • Get lots of brilliant help and support
  • Celebrate your successes
  • Ongoing E-mail and chat support
  • All meetings and communications are recorded and archived for safety

REAL ROLES 

  • Take on real responsibilities with hands-on roles
  • Like to try something else? Change roles at any point
  • Finish skills report, a portfolio and a professional reference

 

You’ll tackle realistic, industry-specific projects as part of a team and work directly online with your own human “boss”. You’ll also finish with tangible projects for your portfolio, a complete skills report and a virtual work experience reference.

 

Designed for students ages 15 +
Self-development resources provided
All work and meetings done virtually
Roles that match your interests
20 – 25 hours total, after school or in holiday time
Finish with a skills evaluation report and professional reference

 

Programme schedule

 

The programme runs either in holiday time (5 days) or after school (5 weeks). Either way, you can expect to spend 20 – 25 hours on your virtual work experience, split between briefings with your boss, team meetings and project work. There are 5 phases of work…

 

1 RESEARCH

  • Meet your team
  • Receive project brief
  • Conduct research

2 IDEATE 

  • Brainstorm ideas 
  • Prioritise ideas 
  • Plan next steps 

3 CREATE

  • Build ideas
  • Test ideas 
  • Explore ways to improve

4 IMPROVE

  • Build improvements 
  • Add details 
  • Review progress

5 PRESENT 

  • Finalise project 
  • Prepare details 
  • Pitch presentation 

 

The next step is to select the technology sector that interests you most. Currently Fire Tech runs two Virtual Work Experience programmes – Video Game Design Studio and Creative Design Studio, with more to come. Follow the links for more information and to book your place.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are the requirements?

  • + Participants must be aged between 15 and 19 years old
  • + The programme is run online with live meetings, so a good Internet connection and laptop with webcam is required
  • + This is not a beginners course and basic level understanding of the topics is required
  • + For the Video Game Design programme, we expect the student to have experience of video game design principles, ideally through Construct 3
  • + For the Creative Design programme, we expect the student to have experience of design and design tools, ideally with Adobe Photoshop and the Adobe Creative Suite – TEST TEST

What are the benefits?

It is expected that participants will have a more fulfilling and rewarding experience than traditional work experience. A live boss acts as mentor to ensure your goals are achieved and that you develop a good range of industry skills. You will experience projects and tools that you might not otherwise encounter.

What will I learn on the Video Game Studio programme?

  • + To use the same tools as are used in the videogame industry to conceptualise, develop and implement projects
  • + Project-based learning, with a human touch. All students will have human feedback, delivered remotely
  • + To receive feedback from a virtual “boss” or team leader
  • + Develop general digital fluency in using business productivity tools
  • + Critical work skills that students may not get enough of in school: digital skills, productivity tools, plus in-depth skills in creative and technical areas
  • + To work effectively and communicate in virtual team meetings

What will I learn on the Creative Design Studio programme?

  • + Digital media production, in the context of virtual work projects that represent real-world requirements
  • + To use the same tools as in the creative design industry to conceptualise, develop and implement projects
  • + Critical work skills that students don’t get enough of in school: digital skills, productivity tools, plus in-depth skills in creative and technical areas 
  • + Project-based learning, with a human touch. All students will have human feedback, delivered remotely
  • + To receive feedback from a virtual “boss” or team leader
  • + To work effectively and communicate in virtual team meetings

Do I need to prepare anything?

It is not necessary to prepare in advance, however, as noted above, some level of existing proficiency is required.

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