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"Makematic intends to build one of the biggest video resource collection for careers and employability skills in the UK and Ireland."

Skillsumo is an evolving catalogue of bite-sized videos produced in partnership with regional businesses, local authorities and further and higher education institutions. With participating partners including Allstate, Belfast City Council, PwC, Adobe, NW Regional College, Unity Technologies, Southern Eastern Regional College Adobe, Learning Pool, Deloitte and The Bank of Ireland.

John Healy announces partnership with Makematic and Belfast City Council.

Skillsumo contains 100+ videos and animations across five main themes: Work Inspiration, Pathways, 21st Century Skills, FutureProof and Professional Development, with new content added to the collection each month.

The videos align with national benchmarks for effective careers provision, support curriculum-linked learning opportunities, give pupils an insight into the world of work and workplace skills, and help schools and careers leaders create a well-resourced programme of careers education and guidance.

"We're delighted to partner with Makematic on this free careers and employability resource. Ensuring everyone in Belfast fulfils their potential is a key part of our Belfast Agenda. We want our young people to excel — and in order for that to happen, they need our support in learning and achievement at home, in their community and in school through high-quality teaching, mentoring and resources. These bite-sized videos are the perfect way to ignite young students' curiosity and signpost them to further career and employability support. I look forward to seeing Skillsumo being widely accessed, and many dreams and ambitions being realised as a result!"

Chairperson of Belfast City Council's City Growth and Regeneration Committee

"In a system where learner choice plays an increasingly important role, it is even more important for people to access good information, advice and guidance on the likely skills needed by employers in the future and this is where the Skillsumo catalogue comes into its own."

John Healy, Vice President and Managing Director of Allstate NI

You can access Skillsumo at anytime online on your mobile, laptop and tablet. Educators can use it to develop a stable, well-resourced programme of careers education and guidance. Young people can access the content to help them better understand the world of work and the key 21st-century skills that are relevant to the workplace.


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Women in Business Welcome Three Year Key Partnership with Technology Giant Allstate NI

Northern Ireland's largest and fastest growing business network for female entrepreneurs and business leaders, Women in Business, is delighted to announce its key partnership with Allstate Northern Ireland, one of the largest employers of tech talent in the country.

John Healy and Roseanne Kelly announces partnershp between Allstate NI and Women in Business.

Through the new partnership, Women in Business and Allstate NI are excited to not only promote equality of opportunity, but they are committed to working in collaboration to support and grow a diverse new economy based on maximising all potential, regardless of gender, through inclusive growth.

Technology giant Allstate NI has a strong track record of successfully integrating diversity into the organisational culture, as it seeks to attract and retain the highest performing employees. It partnered with Women in Business NI and other organisations in 2017 to launch the Diversity Charter Mark NI, an initiative across all business sectors, addressing and supporting the diversity agenda. This new partnership will continue to harness the energy and passion of both organisations to make a difference in Northern Ireland.

Roseann Kelly, Chief Executive of Women in Business NI is excited about the new partnership and the impact it can make,

"Allstate is a global progressive organisation that recognises the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. The organisation has taken a proactive role in supporting Women in Business, through its involvement in our events and programmes and we are delighted they are taking this one step further and coming on board as our key partner for the next three years. Their expertise will be vital to our vision 'To be an internationally recognised business network driving equality, inclusion and economic growth'"

Commenting on the new partnership, Allstate NI's managing director John Healy said;

"Allstate have worked with Women in Business for many years and we recognised the synergies between the two organisations; the core values of diversity, equality and inclusivity mirror those of Allstate. We look forward to working closely with Women in Business to grow the opportunities for female entrepreneurs and business leaders in Northern Ireland."

Women in Business has nearly 3,000 members across all sectors from sole traders to Chief Executives, from senior managers to business owners. The organisation hosts 70+ events per year, three conferences, a Chairs Lunch and the annual Gala Awards are taking place this year on Thursday 7 November.


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New Fintech Envoy for Northern Ireland appointed by HM Treasury

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen MP, the Minister responsible for Fintech, has appointed Andrew Jenkins as the new Fintech Envoy for Northern Ireland.

Andrew Jenkins appointed as Fintech Envoy for Northern Ireland.

Belfast based Jenkins, Director in Arity, a company founded by The Allstate Corporation, succeeds Georgina O'Leary as HM Treasury's appointed ambassador to promote the UK government's world leading Fintech strategy here.

Jenkins has more than 20 years in the technology sector, with extensive experience across financial services, utilities, insurance, telecoms and transportation sectors.

In Jenkin's current role at Arity where he leads a team of 60 people focused on building a platform harnessing mobility data to create more relevant and safer mobility experiences for everyone, he brings a keen understanding of the value of coalition building and creating new technology from the ground up.

Fintech is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK economy, encompassing innovation in financial services including digital banking, payment technologies, peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding platforms.

Northern Ireland historically has been a significant driver of the Fintech sector, as Belfast is largely recognised as the world's top destination for Fintech development investment projects and the top city in Europe for new FDI software development projects. And with more than 36,000 people in Northern Ireland employed across the financial and professional services section, 1 in 4 of those are employed in technology roles.

In his role, Andrew will be responsible for promoting Northern Ireland's thriving Fintech sector and championing it as a place for firms to continue to develop and grow their businesses.

Economic Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen MP, commented:

"Fintech is the future of financial services, and we want each corner of the UK to be able to harness its power. Our new regional fintech envoy for Northern Ireland, Andrew Jenkins, will help the sector to grow and flourish throughout Belfast and beyond."

"I want to congratulate Andrew on taking up this new role and I am certain he will build on the success of the existing envoys in helping the UK to remain at the cutting edge of the digital revolution."

Andrew Jenkins, the new Fintech Envoy for Northern Ireland added:

"The UK Government has recognised the potential of this industry and in the last budget, HM Treasury re-affirmed its commitment to ensuring the UK is at the forefront of this technological revolution."

"I am honoured to be chosen as the Fintech Envoy for Northern Ireland by the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen MP, where I will collaborate with the sector here to harness our incredible potential to lead the region and beyond in fintech expertise and offerings."

"I will work to bring together business and civic leaders to invest in leading edge technologies and applications, focusing on emerging capabilities in blockchain, artificial intelligence and data security, to further grow the sector in Northern Ireland."

"Our mandate as part of the UK Fintech strategy is to capitalise on what we have already have in place here in Northern Ireland. With strong Government support, close collaboration between big companies and startups and a world class workforce, Northern Ireland has the potential to become the best place in the world to start and build a Fintech company."


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Allstate teams up with National Cyber Security Centre to encourage young women to pursue careers in cybersecurity

Allstate Northern Ireland has teamed up with the National Cyber Security Centre to provide a week-long programme aimed at encouraging more young women to pursue careers in the booming cybersecurity industry.

NI Allstate employees and young women that participated in the CyberFirst Girls Defenders course.

The CyberFirst Girls Defenders course is a key part of the U.K. government's National Cyber Security Programme and provides a broad range of activities designed to give young people the support, skills and experiences they need to pursue a career in cybersecurity. Fifty girls aged 13-14 recently attended the programme, hosted at Allstate's Belfast offices.

The girls spent the week receiving valuable introductions to the tools, knowledge and skills required to build and protect small networks and personal devices, all while residing at Queen's University Belfast.

John Healy, Vice President and Managing Director, Allstate Northern Ireland said:

"At Allstate, we are committed to inspiring the next generation of cyber professionals and promoting gender diversity."

"It's an exciting time for the tech sector in Northern Ireland, specifically for cybersecurity. This is a real growth industry with the potential to boost the Northern Ireland economy, and we want to encourage women and girls to be a part of it."

The tech sector in Northern Ireland has experienced rapid growth recently, with a report finding that turnover from digital tech companies has reached £1.3bn. A significant and vital part of this growing industry is in the area of cybersecurity.

The U.K. is a world leader in cybersecurity, and many industry firms are headquartered in Northern Ireland. In Northern Ireland, the cybersecurity industry is on course to generate combined salaries of over £70m each year and employ almost 1,700 people.

Despite the growth in the sector and the opportunities this growth presents, women's representation in the sector remains low. The U.K. government has created the CyberFirst Girls Defenders course as a way to encourage greater participation among young women.

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