Tech Industry Gold Students: Autumn 2020 Live Guide

We have now published our guide of activities for all students on the Tech Industry Gold (TIG) degree course in 14 universities across the UK.

This live guide will help TIG students make the most of the unique opportunities offered to them by employers as part of the course. The guide is updated regularly as more details become available.


Congratulations! You are on a degree course which is accredited by employers as Tech Industry Gold. This means you will be developing skills which employers really value to give you the best possible start to your career.

As a Tech Industry Gold student, please make sure you register with us so that we can keep you posted when new information is available.

Find out more below:

Why get involved?

Hear from some of the course tutors and students who have taken part:

“Students should definitely make the most of the opportunities on these Tech Industry Gold programmes to meet employers. It is not often that one gets to meet senior executives with extensive experience in running successful companies. So, this must be a top priority for every ITMB student. In addition, we see the positive impact of this not only on employability but also academic results. The students who get most involved learn the most, and this makes a real difference to their futures.”

Hajrë Hyseni, ITMB Programme Leader, University of Hertfordshire

“The national competitions have been a real highlight of my degree course. I’ve learned so much from working with my team members and from the experience of presenting to employers and talking to them about my ideas. I would say don’t be nervous, get a team together and give it a try, you won’t regret it!”

Blanca Isabel Valencia, 2nd year ITMB student, Queen Mary University

“Tech Industry Gold courses provide you with an enormous amount of interaction with employers. This really helped me when applying for jobs, as I had a large network and the employer-related projects provided me with so much to talk about in interview.”

Matt Rigby, Tech Industry Gold graduate and Agile Coach for IBM

“TCS has been a big supporter of Tech Industry Gold for years – the results are outstanding and the programmes make a real difference to the pipeline of talent coming into digital and tech careers. The events are an important part of that. My team enjoyed the new ‘speed networking’ this year, meeting a lot of students in a short period of time, and hopefully helping to inspire them about the opportunities in front of them.”

Yogesh Chauhan, Director of Corporate Sustainability, Tata Consulting Services

National Autumn Challenge

Who Teams of two to eight students on Tech Industry Gold programmes, any year group
When Get started as soon as possible!
• Names of teams and email addresses must be submitted by 16th November 2020 to [email protected]
• Video presentations must be submitted by 20th November 2020 to [email protected]
• Competition day is Wednesday 25th November 2020 (online)
What • You work as a team to come up with an innovation solution to a real world challenge.
• Together, you create a presentation to share your concept and thinking with a panel of employers, who are all there to help you.
• The employers will listen, discuss questions with you, and offer you feedback.
Why • Gain confidence and learn new skills
• Build bonds and have fun with your colleagues
• Be noticed by employers and win prizes – Trophy for the winning team and cash prizes for winning team and two runner-up teams in each of the competitions, i.e first year and second/final year. Also vouchers, workshadowing / virtual meet-ups with employers.
• Get a Digital Participation Badge
How Click here for more information and to enter
More… The employer panel will be announced in due course.
The last competition panel included Air Products, AWSM Technologies, CGI, IBM, Finastra, Shell, and Swisscard AECS.

National Autumn Student/Employer Event

Who All students on Tech Industry Gold programmes
When Wednesday 2nd December 2020, 1:30 – 4:30 (online)
What Join employers of all sizes and students from other universities for this special event:
• Learn from inspiring speakers and skills development sessions
• Meet employers with “speed networking”
• Celebrate this year’s Autumn Challenge winners.
Why • Get an insight into industry futures and digital careers
• Develop skills in a fun environment
• Meet employers and win prizes – Vouchers for work shadowing opportunities / virtual meet-ups with employers.
• Get a Digital Participation Badge
How Click here for more information and to register
More… Pleased to announce that Andy Stanford-Clark, Chief Technology Officer for IBM, UK and Ireland (Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor) will be the lead keynote speaker

The full programme is available here.

Participating employers include Bank of America, BT, Capgemini, CGI, Gousto, EY, Ford, Fujitsu, Global, IBM, Matalan, NHS Digital, Oracle, P&G, VMWare, and many more.

The event is sponsored by techUK.


Industry Insights Talks

Who All students on Tech Industry Gold programmes
What • Live online sessions with industry experts.
• 45 minutes each, including the opportunity for questions and discussion.
Why • A unique insight into the digital world, with topics ranging from the future of technology to how to build a successful career.
• Meet and ask questions of employers in an informal environment.
When Every Thursday 2-2.45 pm – from 22nd Oct to 10 Dec 20 / from 14 Jan to 25 Mar 21

• 22 October 2020 – My Tech Industry Gold journey by Ryan Clifford (Fiserve) and Sanaya Khambatta (IBM)
• 29 October 2020 – ‘Setting up a tech business’ by Mike Anderson (Padoq) and Adam Hazem (Valitudo)
• 2 November 2020 (Monday) – ‘Placements at Procter & Gamble’, by Lara Pearson (IBM) and William Wong (P&G)
• 12 November 2020 (2 pm until 3 pm) – ‘How to use innovative technologies to market a business and the importance of good design’ by Teuns Van Eck (AON), Tom Blades (Dreamtek TV) and Gareth Maybank (Adobe)

•16 November 2020 (Monday) – ‘Placements at Procter & Gamble’, by Lara Pearson (IBM) and William Wong (P&G)

• 19 November 2020 – ‘Soft skills for IT leadership’, by Adrian Lees (IBM) and Sophie Hatton (IBM)
• 26 November 2020 – ‘Do less to Do More: an insight with Kanban’, by Matt Long (Swisscom)
• 3 December 2020 – ‘The importance of context in data analytics and social media Waleed Omer (Fujitsu)
• 10 December 2020 – ‘My career in a nut-Shell’, by Sina Haghighat (Shell)

How Click here to register
Notes Talks are recorded and made available in the student resources area at  If you register, you will be able to see all the previous talks too.

Open House Employability Skills

Who Second Year Students looking for a placement and Final Year Students looking for a graduate position
What • Informal discussion sessions for students and teams of three employers from different companies
• Focused on getting started on your career.
Why • A unique opportunity to meet different types of employers that recruit into digital roles
• Improve your chances of getting the job you want
• Gain confidence from learning about the selection process and what they are looking for.
When Wednesdays, 2-4 pm

• 11 November 2020 – Submitting a successful job application
– Daniel Meyer, Recruitment Specialist – Early Talent Recruitment, Accenture
– Reace Wade, Early Careers Manager, Technology and Corporate Units, BT

• 9 December 2020 – Understanding strength-based assessments
– Daniel Meyer, Recruitment Specialist – Early Talent Recruitment, Accenture
– Reace Wade, Early Careers Manager, Technology and Corporate Units, BT
– Daniel Doherty, Attraction and Recruitment Manager Early Years, Capgemini

• 13 January 2021
– Daniel Doherty, Attraction and Recruitment Manager Early Years, Capgemini
– Emma Evans, Senior Recruiter, FutureForce University Recruiting EMEA, Salesforce
– Joel Thomas, Manager Foundation – UKI Future Placement Lead, IBM

How Click here to register

Other actions to take….

Join the Tech Industry Gold community at for free access to student resources, including Industry Insight Talks.
Keep in touch on social media – go to to join us.
Join the Tech Allies Alumni Network at for more opportunities to develop your skills and expand your network.
Create / edit your LinkedIn profile to include the Tech Industry Gold logo and start connecting – include TP Degrees and join the TP Degrees Community group – go to for all the details.