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Issue:- 17 July 2014

West Kirby student collects e-safety award at Animation 14

MICHAEL Burnett-Lee, aged 12, from Calday Grange Grammar School in West Kirby, on the Wirral, collected a prize for his film:- "How NOT to Keep Safe on the Internet" in the 1st ever e-safety category at the Animation 14 Awards.

Michael collected the runner up award in a close competition which saw first prize go to a film reminding youngsters that there is a difference between the internet and reality called:- "Internet vs Reality" made by Chloe Whittall a 16 year old pupil at The Winston Churchill, School in Woking, Surrey.

The judges also highly commended 10 year old David Kuc's film; Online Safety, and commended:- "Cyber Bullying" by Jake Hume, aged 9, both from Laleham Lea Primary, Purley, Surrey.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, joined forces with Animation 14, an animation competition for school children run by Manchester University, to create the BCS e-safety award as part of the competition.

Adam Thilthorpe, Director of Professionalism at the Institute says:- "Congratulations to the winner and runners up. It was a very close run competition with some absolutely superb entries. We hope that these films, created by children for children, will really help drive home some of the important lessons about online safety. We all think that because we can use PCs, tablets and smartphones, that we are digitally adept, however, we also need to understand the steps we should take to keep ourselves safe online, whether it is protecting ourselves against cyber- crime or bullying or ensuring our devices are protected against viruses.”

This is the first year the annual Animation competition has included the BCS e-safety Award which asked entrants to create a one minute animation film where children explain the top tips of how to keep safe online.

Now in its seventh year, Animation 14 is the UK Schools Computer Animation Competition. It aims to enthuse schoolchildren about computer science, and to use computers creatively. The competition is free to enter and is open to students aged 7 to 19, at UK schools and colleges. The competition winners were announced at a summer Animation Festival and Inspirational Computer Science Day, held at The University of Manchester, on 11 July 2014.

Toby Howard, Chair, Animation14, Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester says:- "I'd like to add my congratulations to all the winners. We've had some excellent entries to the competition as a whole and I'm delighted that schools and pupils embraced this new category on e-safety.”

Kate Russell, journalist, broadcaster and author of 'Elite: Mostly Harmless' says:- "This is a fantastic all round project that brings together programming and animation skills so children can get hands on with a creative project learning them. But more than that the message they will be spreading, how to stay safe online, has to be one of the most important messages of our time and there can be no better way for children to learn this than from each other.”

The winning films can be seen by clicking on here.

Search for young people to become apprentices

THE search is on for ambitious young people aged 16 or 17 who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) to become apprentices in Liverpool. As part of the Mayoral Youth Contract, there are opportunities in careers ranging from administration and construction through to engineering and catering, with earnings of up to £130 per week.

Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet member for employment and skills, said:- "We already have 120 young people already working, learning and earning under the Mayoral Youth Contract, with a further 114 positions to be filled over the next few months. This is a great opportunity to get your foot on the employment ladder and be given the skills and training to gain a permanent position. Liverpool is the only major City where the number of young people who are classed as NEET is falling and it is thanks to initiatives such as this. The focus we've put on supporting apprenticeship initiatives in the City for our young people has been a big part of the reduction in numbers, but we need to continue to make sure that young people are given the opportunity to be able to take their first step onto the employment ladder."

Latest figures show that 12.55 of young people aged 16 and 17 are not in employment, education or training, that is down from 14.5%. The Mayoral Youth Contract Apprenticeship Business Grant Initiative offers a subsidy of up to £3,500 for employers to take on young people who are aged 16 and 17 and not in education, employment and training (NEET).

For more information, call the Apprenticeship Team on the phone via calling:- 0151 233 5346 or you can send an email, also you can view the vacancies list online.

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