Getting Theale Green into Tech

July saw the exciting final of Education Business Partnership’s (EBP) three-day programme where they joined Westcoast, one of the UK’s largest IT distributers, at Theale Green School to engage with, and inspire, Year eight students about jobs and roles in the technology sector.

The programme covered various topics, including; products and marketing, job roles, skills and qualities and technology of the future. Jane Grunseid, Business Development Manager said, “The programme has been really successful with 90% of students saying they were inspired and motivated. This comes at a good point in their education where GCSE subjects are still to be chosen, career paths are uncertain and students are eager to have their horizons broadened.”

The students were split into teams of six or seven and had to present back to their peers and mentors after each session. Two winning teams were selected based on their overall performance and each received a tablet from Alex Tatham, Managing Director of Westcoast. He commented, “This has been a lovely way of giving back to society and our local secondary school. I can see how influential the programme has been not just with the children but my staff have absolutely loved mentoring and volunteering at these workshops, I think you will see more people volunteer next year because the noise and mood music around the company has been so exciting.”

Sam Cartland, who is responsible for careers at Theale Green School continued, “The programme has been amazing and a huge success for our students. The mentors from Westcoast were excellent and the students benefitted immensely from their experience, support and encouragement. I could really see the improvement in their presentation and team work skills as the sessions progressed.”

To find out how your business or school could take part in a similar programme, please contact Jane Grunseid, Business Development Manager for the EBP on 01635 277496 or email