Connecting young people to the world of tech and opportunity

A partnership between Nottingham Forest Community Trust and Ideagen to promote the benefits of a career in tech for young people.

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Inspiring young people for a future in technology

Ideagen, a fast-growing software company, and NFCT are joining forces to help inspire young people from diverse communities across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to embrace technology careers

Our aim is to use the power of football to get young people interested in technology-based jobs as a viable, exciting and rewarding career path. As well as some technical skills, young people will be taught softer skills that will help with their employability longer term.

The programme is for key stage 4 students in mainstream, SEND and AP schools in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. CEO of Ideagen, Ben Dorks and CEO of NFCT Graham Moran aim to impact on the career aspirations and opportunity awareness of local young people.

The project will result in inspired young people who are aware of and prepared for roles in tech.


As part of the commitment to Think Big, Ideagen have launched six new (level 2 and 3) apprenticeship opportunities and they are welcoming applications for a September 2022 start now.

The initial recruitment method includes applying via a short video, via bio, or through a CV. Invitations to an open day at Ideagen in the summer holidays will be sent to those that succeed at the initial application stage.

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Think Big Ambassadors have been added to our resources for schools and the programme has been launched at the City Ground.

Social media manager at Nottingham Forest, Matt talks about what his job involves and how he uses technology within it.

Mike tells us how he got involved in tech and how he keeps Ideagen at the forefront of innovation.

Hear from Bethany about her apprenticeship with Ideagen in UX where she works with the visual and interactive elements of software.

Our Ambassadors are role models from Ideagen and Nottingham Forest Community Trust that can be booked by schools to inspire and inform students about careers and tech. They’ve been trained to share their career journeys, give insight into their job roles, share the skills they use and motivate and inspire students.

For the programme, bookings and enquires email

What to expect

The Think Big programme will consist of an introductory film, workshops, access to role models and competitions. Visits to Ideagen HQ will introduce some student groups to the workplace where there will be an opportunity to take part in technology-based challenges.

Schools can request ‘ask the experts’ slots over Microsoft Teams with tech role models from Ideagen and NFCT. Winners of NFFC Match Day ticket competitions can both enjoy the game and explore how technology is used throughout.

One hour workshops will cover the following themes:

• Nottingham and Tech

• Tech in Sport

• Diversity of Roles in Tech

Apprenticeships at Ideagen will be available to compete for from the spring term of 2022. The information and workshops linked to these apprenticeship opportunities will be sent directly to Careers Leaders in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire when they are open (this will be for schools and colleges).

Real people in tech

Jobs in tech are much more varied than you might think. We put the spotlight on four people to delve into their stories and how they think big in the workplace.

Lauren talks about her experience working at the Nottingham Forest Superstore and where technology factors into the running of the store.

As an animator at Ideagen, Jordan talks about how he turned his lifelong passion for animation into a career.

Take the next step today

With so many exciting developments in technology, there’s never been a better time for young people to get involved and we want to be a part of making that happen. Register your interest to ensure your students get the opportunity to take part.

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