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Ada Lovelace technology initiative visits Sacred Heart Grammar School

Year 10 pupils of Sacred Heart Grammar School in Newry took part in their first Ada Lovelace Initiative (A.L.I) school visit on Thursday last. The visit marked the launch of the volunteer-led initiative in Newry for the new school year.

Last year Verify Recruitment launched The Ada Lovelace Initiative (A.L.I) to promote technology careers to Transition Year pupils. Over 100 female technology professionals from over 76 companies in Ireland have signed up as role models to help promote these career options to pupils across the country and

A.L.I has reached over 300 students nationwide with free technology talks since its launch.

Sacred Heart past pupil and technology professional, Kirsty Downey, returned to her school as a guest speaker at the A.L.I visit and reminisced about her times there as well as sharing her experience about her career as a Technology Associate at Citi Global Bank.

Less than 25% of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) sector is made of female employees, with research showing that the lack of access to female role models in these industries is one of the biggest contributing factors.

Named in honour of the mathematician and writer who is regarded as the world’s first computer programmer, The Ada Lovelace Initiative was first launched by Verify Recruitment in May of 2015 to address the low numbers of female students choosing to pursue careers in Science & Technology.

To date, role models from over 76 companies in Ireland have signed up to volunteer at their local schools, with companies such as TripAdvisor, Amazon, Tapadoo, Udemy, The TAS Group and Intercom showing their support.

The organisers of The Ada Lovelace Initiative encourage technology professionals and schools from Newry and the surrounding area to get involved in the upcoming free school visits planned this year.

Cathal Grogan, Managing Director of Verify Recruitment said: “The success of The Ada Lovelace Initiative depends on the participation of role models across Ireland. The only commitment for volunteers is to visit one school each for one hour. With the help of female technology professionals in or from Newry, we hope to promote technology careers to more Transition Year pupils in schools across the province this year.”

If you would like to register a school in Northern Ireland for a free technology role model visit, please visit