A Shared Passion for Education

Jack Simpson

Head of Marketing and Communications

So it goes

Something I have in common with Web Applications is my passion for education. Seeking out new things to learn was the mission of my childhood. And now, being fresh out of education for almost a year, my thirst for knowledge is as strong as ever.

I’ve even been learning to code through Codecademy. As a PR assistant, I’m not the most technically minded person in the office but I’m keen to know more about what’s going on around me.

Last Thursday a small Web Applications team went along to Camp Digital, a day of inspirational and educational talks held by Sigma, an I.T. consultancy company established in Sweden. The event focused on user experience, accessibility and agile development to produce smarter business solutions. The talks ranged from BBC iPlayer design to website accessibility for blind people. Taking it all in, I realised how lucky I am to be in a job where I’m intellectually stimulated.

Web Applications has a keen focus on sharing knowledge; between peers, from senior Webbies to juniors and, importantly, from junior Webbies to seniors. This way, all our developers are constantly building up their skills, no matter how experienced they are.

Genius day celebrates this philosophy by giving everyone a day to work on whatever they wish, on the condition that we allpresent what we’ve been working on to the rest of the company. In teams or alone, Webbies use this day to develop something that shows off their skills. Some truly innovative ideas for the company have come from this one day in the past. The presentation of everyone’s genius projects provides a wealth of education throughout the company. Our next Genius day is 18th May and thoughts are being whispered about already!

The most blatant example of Web Applications’ passion for education is our Centre of Excellence, an I.T. training facility based next door. Along with external I.T. professionals, all our Webbies achieve industry recognised qualifications here. We’re all given a generous budget for further training each year, meaning that although I won’t be taking a SQL Server or .NET exam any time soon, my education isn’t over.