Just Start IT: Joseph Banks Secondary College students turning app idea into reality

Just Start IT: Joseph Banks Secondary College students turning app idea into reality

A GROUP of Joseph Banks Secondary College students is working on turning an idea for an app into reality.

The four female Year 9 students were part of Just Start IT, an 18-week program teaching secondary students how to create a technology start up.

Their Get Work Network concept won the Banksia Grove school’s top prize and they went on to compete against other students in the State final, where they received a $25,000 investment prize from the City of Wanneroo, Secure2Go, Community to Go, The League Prize and the Wanneroo Business Association to take the app to market.

College associate principal Liz Smith said the winning students – Demi Carragher, Molly Connor, Kirsty Ashwin and Nicole Stillman – had been working with industry professionals to further develop the app and were now in a testing phase.

“The purpose of the app is to help young people find employment,” she said.

“This is so that employees can list a position and young people can apply, upload their CVs and letters of application through the app so employers can access them; they’re trying to put it all in one location.”

She said the students would have a registered business.

“It’s a learning experience; they’re learning a lot of real world skills,” she said.

“We’re really proud of the girls and the work that they’ve put in.”

Ms Smith said teacher Sarah McGill suggested the school’s involvement in the program, with 25 students signing up, which has grown to 50 for next year.

She praised the initiative and said the experience “invaluable” to students.

The City of Wanneroo also sponsored Butler Secondary College to undertake the program this year.