Managed 24/7 applauds Milton Keynes Academy for achieving runner up status in the Deloitte TMT Predictions Schools Challenge competition grand final.
Pitching to an expert panel of judges, comprising Deloitte partners and senior leaders from Pearson, EE and the BBC, the team of four sixth form students impressed with their idea for virtual reality university tours. Milton Keynes Academy was one of just three schools to get through to the final, held at Deloitte’s London offices on Thursday 17th March 2016.
The nationwide initiative, now in its third year, was created in response to the lack of young people in the UK with the appropriate knowledge and interest to plug the skills gap in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector. Schools from low-income communities enter teams of students from years 12 and 13 to develop and pitch a technology-based TMT solution, assisted by specialists from Deloitte’s TMT practice and select local organisations.
This year, Stephen Boardman, Commercial Director at Managed 24/7, coached Milton Keynes Academy students to develop their ideas and presentation skills. He commented: “It has been a real privilege working with the Milton Keynes Academy team and very humbling to see their idea develop and take them all the way to the final. I would like to wish them every success in all their future endeavours; hopefully we will see them in the TMT sector again very soon!”
Sam Baker, Deloitte partner and lead for the TMT Schools Challenge, said: “It was a fantastic final this year that showcased the creativity from ambitious young people across the country.”
The six schools involved in the TMT Predictions Schools Challenge are part of the Deloitte Access programme, in collaboration with Teach First. Following the grand final, all finalists were taken on a surprise trip to the London Eye.