THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGISTS
The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists embraces the ethical and charitable objectives of all Livery companies but adds a distinctive dimension in the active deployment of the IT expertise of its members.
The members of the Company include representatives from every aspect of the ICT industry and share a collective interest in promoting and advancing the benefits of the digital economy in its various forms.
The IT skills shortage is a national issue. To be able to function in the digital economy people need to be educated in the use and application of the emerging technologies.
This learning process needs to begin at school age and the Company, through its involvement with the Lilian Baylis Technology School, the Hammersmith Academy, Prior’s Court (for autistic children) and Treloars School (for disabled children) is taking an active part in addressing this issue.
The Company also has an interest in the use of technology as a teaching aid especially for those who are disadvantaged by reason of income, disability or location.
The charitable programmes of the Company support a number of initiatives designed to provide a platform for continuing help through focused charities.
The Charity IT Association (CITA) is a national volunteering programme developed by the Company to provide IT assistance and support for charities. The programme is run by the Company and is focussed on the provision of Tech Surgeries, IT Consultancy and IT project delivery. We have created a simple, easy-to-consume entry point for charities to engage with the free volunteers who are willing to help them to get more advantage from their IT. Our vision is a world in which charities are able to harness the full potential of technology to increase their potential for good.
Lifelites develops and maintains a portfolio of specialist expertise and technologies designed to help terminally ill children in hospices throughout the UK. The developed systems provide applications that help with communication, provide entertainment for children with disabilities and enhance the quality of their lives.
The Company provided volunteers to help with the establishment and development of Lifelites, which became a charity in 2006 and continues to be involved in its ongoing evolution.
If there is one common theme that informs the external Panels and Committees of the Company it is to share with the widest possible audience information about the career opportunities in the IT and media sectors and how they can provide
opportunities for personal and community development.
Members of the Company act as school Governors, mentors and advisors and use their expertise and connections to help those who have an interest in this sector develop their skills and advance their careers.
Through their example and experience they are able to inspire new generations to join the technology industry and participate effectively in the digital revolution.
Those who already work in this sector and who have innovative ideas about how the technology can be deployed are assisted by the members of the Entrepreneurs Panel who provide a wealth of inspirational and practical experience in the scaling-up of small businesses.
Contact: Gus Machado at firstname.lastname@example.org