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An Historic First for IAM Online Awards in ICT

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An Historic First for IAM Online Awards in ICT

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Pupils at a historic Midlands school have achieved a first for that region of the United Kingdom. Wolverhampton Grammar School, founded by the first Merchant Taylor to become Lord Mayor of London, Sir Stephen Jenyns, is the first school in the area to achieve the IAM Online Awards in ICT.

At a senior school assembly to mark this achievement, attended by 1AM Chief Executive, David Woodgate, the pupils celebrated the fact that they have achieved the necessary ICT skills to equip them for university study and employment in the modern world.

No doubt Sir Stephen, a man of vision, an influential employer, and a key figure in the City of London in the 16th Century, would have applauded the success of Wolverhampton Grammar School today. If he had been listening in on the ceremony at the school he founded in 1512, he would have heard David Woodgate, himself a former banker in the City of London, congratulate pupils on their success.

The gathering heard that competency in ICT, actually being able to use modern software applications efficiently and effectively, is a modern-day requisite for being a successful employee - whether in the City or in any profession around the world. Mr Woodgate reminded pupils that India was already producing 1 million graduates a year, equipped with essential ICT skills, and that together with China, they provide considerable competition for UK employers to face now and in the future. …

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