A 17-year-old schoolgirl from Northampton will have her first year’s university tuition fees paid after winning a national competition to encourage more young women to consider a career in IT.
Network Rail’s Could IT Be You? competition, now in its third year, was set up by the company after concerns were raised about the slide in the number of women entering the UK’s IT sector.
More than 350 entries were received for the competition, which asked 16-18-year-old schoolgirls to explain how they would use technology to make life better in the future.
A total of 70 finalists were then invited to complete a series of assessments testing creativity, communication and presentation skills at an event in Milton Keynes.
The overall winner was Talia Grantham, a student at Northampton School for Girls.
Ms Grantham said: “It’s great that Network Rail has run a competition like this as it really does open your eyes to all the possibilities that are out there and I will definitely consider an IT career now. I’m really looking forward to doing my work experience at Network Rail in the summer and, of course, starting my degree course in September.”