Hi-Tech Look at a Career

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Byline: Helen Logan

The North of England Microelectronics Institute is taking a new CD ROM about "Working in Electronics" on a roadshow to schools in the region.

There is a growing demand for skilled personnel in the electronics sector. However, each year, fewer students choose electronics as a career option.

The CD was launched officially by Chris Roberts, executive director of the Learning and Skills Council Tyne and Wear, which funded the project.

He said: "In a very innovative way this CD ROM gives a taste of what the electronics industry is all about.

"It not only provides information on career paths but shows actual people from the North-east talking about their experience in the sector.

"This CD ROM is now available to a cross-section of people and backs up the Government's Skills Strategy."

John Williams, general manager of NEMI, added: "In the past we produced printed documents, but their content changed very quickly and they became out of date.

"As not everybody has access yet to the internet, we decided to produce an interactive CD ROM that could be updated over the web. …