Computing students volunteer to keep Glasgow 2018 on track

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Computer Networking students from New College Lanarkshire helped keep Glasgow 2018 on track as they volunteered with a local IT firm.

Students worked around the clock with Bellshill-based NVT Group, which was responsible for maintaining the network infrastructure at last month’s inaugural European Championships.

Held over the course of 11 days, the games were jointly hosted by Glasgow and Berlin and attracted around 4,500 athletes.

The volunteers recently visited the company’s offices in Righead Business Park to pick up a special ‘thank you’ gift.

Lecturer Paul Holmes was joined by Fraser Cameron, Maureen Cook, Douglas Whyte, Stephen Hunter and Matt Ridley at a presentation of Casio watches made by Irene Simmons from NVT.

Of the five volunteers, Douglas, Fraser and Maureen are currently studying HND Computer Networking, while Stephen and Matt successfully completed the same course in June.

Stephen is now employed by NVT and Matt is continuing his studies at Glasgow Caledonian University.

NVT provided technical support teams in venues across the Glasgow area so that media and athletes would have access to the IT network services they required.

The partnership came about after the company approached the College to find out if any students would be interested in volunteering at the European Championships.

Lecturer Paul said: “​NVT was the primary IT infrastructure contractors and the students helped in various ways including fitting, configuring and maintaining equipment, helping support and troubleshoot issues, and interfacing with the broadcast media amongst other things.

“We currently have Modern Apprentices and Foundation Apprentices with NVT, they have sent guest speakers to the College, and have also employed graduating students, so we have a very good working relationship with them.”

Graeme Muir, Group Operations Director for NVT, said: “I’d like to thank the volunteers from New College Lanarkshire for all their help during the recent European Championships.

“Douglas, Mo, Fraser and Matt were all absolutely brilliant and really enjoyed the long nights and hard work involved.

“Stephen is now in full-time employment with us, so that is great for him and for us!”

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