Ground-breakers

Michael Allen (left) and Sean Walsh, helping to bridge the gap between college and industry.

Michael Allen (left) and Sean Walsh, helping to bridge the gap between college and industry.

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Two local students are involved in a ground-breaking project at Dundee College.

Forfarian Sean Walsh and Michael Allen, of Aberlemno, have been chosen to take part in an initiative that sees college and industry working closely together as a leading software development company has opened a studio on campus.

Dunfermline based company, Zendit Ltd, which specialises in developing mobile, web and social applications, maintains a very pro education attitude and is keen to forge closer links with education.

They have opened a development base at the brand new Gardyne Campus employing eight students as interns working on a ‘live’ project to develop a new mobile service for smart-phone, tablet and desktop browser users by summer time.

Eight HND software development students are involved in the live project and Sean and Michael are both delighted to have been chosen to take part.

This internship project is the first of its kind in the software development industry in the country and the first time Dundee College have had a properly-structured internship programme of this scale based on campus.

“I think it is a real privilege to have been selected to work on this project,” declared 17-year-old Sean, a Forfar Academy FP, who is currently in first year of the HND software development course at Dundee College.

“It is not everyone who gets the opportunity to take part in a placement like this and it is something I can use on my CV in future.”

Michael (18) added: “This gives us the chance to get to grips with a live project and offers a taste of what industry-leading software companies will expect of us in the workplace,” said the Brechin HSFP.

“I’m really pleased to have been chosen to for this initiative,” continued the first year HND software development student.

Zendit jumped at the chance to give their staff managerial experience working with students.

“Together we must ensure that learners are given the right experience and opportunity to prepare them for the demands for employment,” commented Steven Wexelstein, Zendit’s founder and chief technology officer.

“We feel strongly about guiding them in the next generation of skills that will give them the best chance of future success.”