Students engineer a career in software

An Alnwick business has opened its doors to help inspire budding software engineers.

By Janet Hall
Friday, 03 May, 2019, 14:00
MSP directors Marianne Whitfield and Margaret Toberty, left, and software engineers, Laurence Reeves and Jack Lloyd , right, with students outside the MSP offices at Greensfield Court, Alnwick.

MSP welcomed a group of students from the town’s Duchess’s Community High School and Newcastle University to give them a taste of what a career in software development involves.

They took part in a number of practical challenges and learnt how MSP revolutionises the manufacturing processes of major global companies – including BAE Systems and three leading Formula 1 teams – through its NC-Checker and NC-PerfectPart software.

Margaret Toberty, director of operations at MSP, said: “As a business that works globally with some of the biggest names, we are very motivated to work with our local community and keen to encourage young people here by showing them what we do and how we do it.

“There are so many opportunities a career in software development could open for them. It can be an exciting profession full of challenges and possibilities, and the skills you learn through software engineering are transferable in many different industries and sectors.

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“It is vital we continually look to the future, and we realise that young talented people living or studying locally can help drive MSP forward to continued levels of success and development.

“The levels of engagement from students on this visit were excellent, and we hope it helped to inform and inspire them as to how software development could be the career choice for them.”

The company has a close relationship with the engineering and technology department at the Duchess’s High School, having sponsored the school through its Greenpower car project and shared its expertise with students.