Council's new IT operation inspected by Weston College students

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By YouPR | Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 15:33

A multi-million pound IT refit at Wiltshire Council was inspected by Weston College students on a visit to the council's offices in Trowbridge.

BSc Honours and Foundation Degree students on Computing courses met staff responsible for IT implementation and discussed the various challenges involved in setting up a brand new system.

They also talked about employment opportunities and how IT staff were supporting all the council's computer users.

Jon Hubbard, Weston College associate lecturer and Wiltshire councillor for Melksham, set up the visit. He said: "This was a great opportunity for our students to see the complex implementation of an IT system in practice.

"It was also a chance for the IT staff to 'talk techie' for a while. They spend a lot of their time explaining IT in layman's language so it was a change for them to discuss the technology behind what they're doing."

Ivaylo Yankov, an Applied Computing BSc student, said: "It was a great visit. We had a very informative presentation and discussion about the challenges and solutions that IT faces at the council.

"I was impressed to see that the council takes information security very seriously and proactively tries to tackle potential threats such as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)."

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