The world of work is changing at a rapid pace, job roles are evolving and new companies and industries are emerging. It is time to prepare our young people to thrive as the future leaders of this new era. Generation Innovation’s ‘Reimagining Work Experience’ will take place in June 2018 in Belfast.

What is Reimagining Work Experience?

Sixty Year 13 students will work as part of a team, alongside twelve of Northern Ireland’s most exciting innovation-focused companies. Each team will experience design thinking to help solve real business challenges. They will then showcase their solutions to the leaders of their assigned company.

Reimagining Work Experience is a unique three day work experience programme designed by Generation Innovation in collaboration with Deloitte, following extensive research with students, teachers and businesses.

Generation Innovation Reimagining Work Experience sets out to enable a generation of leaders who believe they can make a difference and have the skillset needed for 21st Century work.

What will you learn?

  • Understand the importance of effective team working
  • Understand how design thinking can be used to solve challenges faced by innovation-focused companies
  • Improved understanding of the importance of feedback
  • Develop & track your own personal skillset for 21st century employment:
    • Resilience & Character
    • Collaborative Working
    • Communication & Listening Skills
    • Creative Problem Solving
    • Agility & Adaptability
    • Critical Thinking & Empathy

What is Design Thinking?

Design thinking is a human-centred approach to solving problems. It allows people who aren't trained as designers to use creative tools such as empathy and experimentation to address a vast range of challenges.

Big Motive, a design and innovation company based in Belfast, will lead the design thinking aspect of the programme.

Who can apply?

Reimagining Work Experience is open to Year 13 students from schools & colleges across Northern Ireland. We are looking for:

  • Ambitious students who want to contribute to a team challenge
  • Students who are keen to solve problems faced by innovation focused companies
  • Students who want to develop their 21st Century Skills for their future career

Please be aware that all students must be available on the following dates:

9th April, 15th June and 18th-20th June

Meet the companies

Meet the 12 participating companies. Click on their logos to find out more about them:

Applications closed for 2018

If you are successful you will be given the opportunity to learn more about the companies and the challenges they have set.

Should you have any queries or concerns, please contact Diane Morrow, or via mobile 07557 815365.

What is Arity?

Arity is a mobility insights and solutions company founded by Allstate focused on making transportation smarter, safer, and more useful for everyone.

Arity combines the power of telematics, big data and analytics to improve personal mobility by serving the entire transportation ecosystem - businesses and consumer

How are you driving innovation?

Arity transforms large amounts of data into actionable insights to help the entire transportation ecosystem better predict risk and make smarter decisions in real time.

We design solutions that give people better mobility options, improving how they get from one place to another.

Our passion is making transportation better. We combine telematics data, claims data, and traditional user characteristics with assessment methodologies all at scale to design solutions across the transportation ecosystem.

Why are you supporting GI reimagining work experience?

We have worked with Generation Innovation on previous events and see the benefit of this partnership for all involved. We loved the ideas the students generated and the enthusiasm they displayed.

Like our founding company - Arity wants to take a lead on social responsibility.


What is the nature of your business?

Anaeko is a “3rd Platform” company specialising in cloud integration and disruptive technology solutions. Our thought leadership in these “3rd platform” technologies has led to an overwhelming demand for its world-leading expertise. We are committed to providing quality products and solutions that meet our customers’ requirements and Anaeko’s standards.

How are you driving innovation?

Anaeko innovates on behalf of global technology companies in the fields of mobile computing, social media, cloud computing, big data analytics and the Internet of Things. We are experiencing unprecedented growth in the fields of; Software-Defined Storage, Disruptive Cloud Applications and Big Data Analytics. We are an expert IBM Cloud Object Storage consulting services company.

Why are you supporting GI Reimagining Work Experience?

We believe that our team is what makes us special. We trust our team to uphold our company values of innovation, customer centricity, resilience and community. We want to find like-minded people, so we are investing in the youth of Northern Ireland by joining the GI Reimagining Work Experience programme.

Automated Intelligence

What is the nature of your business?

We serve organisations as diverse as global banks, government departments and retail giants to help them regain control over their growing data set. This includes insight into exactly what information they have (and whether it is all needed), where it is stored and who has access to it. We also migrate this data to the Cloud and add compliance tools.

How are you driving innovation?

We have built one of the most intelligent and secure platforms for managing data using cutting edge Cloud technology. We care deeply about improving not just what we create, but how we create it. We allocate 10% of engineering time to innovation generation so people can work on their own ideas.

Why are you supporting GI reimagining work experience?

As a company we have invested so much into our placement students and graduates who become an integral part of the team. We believe work experience should be worthwhile for everyone involved and we want to find people who are like-minded to join the AI family!


What is the nature of your business?

CDE Global is the world's number one wet processing equipment company for sand and aggregates, mining, construction & demolition waste recycling and industrial sands.

How are you driving innovation?

The culture of innovation and continuous improvement is at the core of everything CDE do - that is how we ensure our customers have access to the most advanced product portfolio for the wet processing of materials across the 5 sectors where we work.

Why are you supporting GI reimagining work experience?

CDE is passionate about our culture and our people and we want to help develop the innovators of tomorrow in Northern Ireland.


What is the nature of your business?

Deloitte are one of the largest professional service companies globally. We work with in partnership with some of the biggest companies in the world across technology and media, financial services, governments and retail to improve their business, build new technologies and deliver change across their business.

How are you driving innovation?

Deloitte have been at the forefront of some of the most innovative technologies in recent years. We are the global consulting partner with Apple, Amazon Web Services & Facebook Workplace, in addition to leading in areas such as Artificial Intelligences, Robotics and Block chain, with Belfast at the forefront of all of these.

Why are you supporting GI reimagining work experience?

Deloitte are actively investing in Northern Ireland and in particular young people, to build an environment and economy that will benefit Northern Ireland for years to come.


What is the nature of your nature of your business?

Flyte is paving a path for how drones will be used in the future. Our mission is to provide seamless infrastructure for a wide range of applications from human mobility in emerging smart cities to aerial robotic services. We are working with users, regulators and industry to create this future.

How are you driving innovation?

In order to achieve our goal we work closely with a number of different highly innovative companies in the drone industry. It is this collaboration that propels us forward, helping create systems unimaginable in a very short time. It is these systems that will allow us to have hundreds of drones in the air at one time within city environments.

Why are you supporting GI?

Flyte is future focused, our industry requires some of the smartest minds to help achieve a common goal. We believe that exposing people to the challenges will help drive future innovation.


What is the nature of your business?

GlowMetrics is a digital analytics agency and Google-certified partner who specialise in helping businesses use digital data to inform and optimise performance. GlowMetrics offer a range of digital analytics services including web analytics, tag management and reporting. Our aim is to arm companies with the information they need to make educated business decisions and identify the relevant data to back these decisions up.

How are you driving innovation?

Data is at the heart of everything we do - all of our work is underpinned by analytics to back up our decisions, recommendations and actions but data - how we collect it, store it and use to get insight is constantly changing. We've created 2 new product areas in as many years- one around data collection through tag management, the other in better data visitation through data studio and we are planning our 3rd- user testing using Optimise. We realise that to stay current, we need a culture that is driven by innovation and we drive this mostly through research and training.

Why are you supporting GI reimagining work experience?

We feel this is a great initiative to help open and promote the digital analytics area to students who may not have considered this career path before.


What is the nature of your business?

Instil is a software engineering consultancy that specialises in the development of bespoke mobile and cloud systems for the medical/IoT, streaming and telecom industries.

How are you driving innovation?

We only employ people who are naturally curious and who have a desire to learn, improve and create. We support that curiosity through twice yearly code hacks, where, over 3 days, everyone gets the opportunity to work on new shared idea or concept. And have fun in the process.

Why are you supporting GI reimagining work experience?

We feel that the GI work experience will really challenge and inspire the brilliant young minds of tomorrow, as well as push us old folks in the process.

Little Citizens

What is the nature of your business?

Little Citizens Boutique is a toy store but also an idea store. We're on a mission to raise little citizens who are prepared for our changing future. We want to inspire their imagination through play and bring more creativity into the world.

How are you driving innovation?

We research and report on childhood development stages and match this with the changing landscape of the future. We discovered gaps in learning and want to help bridge these with innovative toy ideas.

Why are you supporting GI reimagining work experience?

We believe in the potential of people and want to connect with the next generation of creative thinkers and problem solvers.


What is the nature of your business?

RPS is a leading multidisciplinary consultancy providing services in Planning, Civil and Structural Engineering, Environment, Communications and Project Management.

We are responsible for managing some of the largest infrastructural projects across Northern Ireland, ROI and the UK. Our Northern Ireland business employs around 220 staff and has been providing services for the past 70 years.

How are you driving innovation?

Virtual reality has the potential to change how engineers of the future design. By using a VR headset, the user is no longer limited to an image, but instead can interact, touch and move objects in a “real world” setting. RPS staff in Belfast have been trialling the latest VR technology with our clients.

Why are you supporting GI reimagining work experience?

The applications are vast for this technology, and it will be our next generation of engineers that will really benefit from this technology.

Sure Cert

What is the nature of your business?

SureCert is a website that aims to transform the recruitment process in all industries. By getting “surecerted” you build your own profile by capturing your own verified qualifications, references and certificates during your whole career. In this way, you would register just once for all recruiters and employers, digitally, getting you into your preferred jobs quicker.

How are you driving innovation?

SureCert brings together jobs seekers, educational organisations -such as Universities-, employers and recruiters, online, in a way that will transform:

  • Education: tracking and feeding skills of the future labour market into new university modules
  • Recruitment: faster and avoiding fraud
  • Candidate: boosting your careers, suggesting which could be the next training to undertake to achieve a better job position according to your profile.

Why are you supporting GI reimagining work experience?

As job seekers of the future, we want to understand your needs to shape our approach to recruitment for 21st century employment.


What is the nature of your business?

Today, more than 10,000 organisations in 180 countries count on intelligence from Verint solutions to make more informed, effective and timely decisions. We have a team of talented IT professionals who use leading edge technologies developing and enhancing the functionality of our company's core product offerings from Knowledge Management to Voice Analytics and Live Chat.

How are you driving innovation?

Verint's main focus is innovation, it even features in our company values. We make sure we use the latest Cloud technologies such as Amazon AWS, and have developed integrations to Facebook and Amazon Echo. We are committed to using Agile techniques to deliver the best products available in the shortest time.

Why are you supporting GI reimagining work experience?

Verint are supporting the GI reimagining work experience to collaborate with the next generation of IT professionals who are excited by new features and products.