Carrick-based apprentice ‘stars’ in Maths Week poster
Jasmine Dines, a water and wastewater apprentice based in Carrickfergus with Northern Ireland Water, is one of six young people showcasing the importance of maths in work and everyday life as part of Maths Week 2021.
The festival of Maths is one of the largest worldwide and takes place online from October 16-24. Similar in concept to 2020, this year’s event programme is largely online and features an extensive range of interactive workshops by international maths presenters, resources for parents, quizzes and a weekday twice daily ‘MathsWeekTV’ series of programmes designed to supplement both primary and secondary school curricula.
Maths Week in Northern Ireland is supported by the Department for the Economy and the festival’s six ‘Maths Ambassadors’ demonstrate how practical maths skills are essential to enable young people to enter, progress and succeed in the jobs arena and fulfil their potential whilst at the same time contributing to the development of the local economy.
Jasmine is undertaking a four-year apprenticeship programme with Northern Ireland Water and is gaining real life on the job experience enabling her to become a fully qualified water technician.
Jasmine said: “Maths is a bit like a Scooby doo mystery, you need to use all the clues given to you to discover the truth! I enjoyed maths at school although sometimes I struggled to apply myself. I now recognise how important maths is in life. I use maths in my current role for example monitoring levels, reading gauges, and measuring chemical doses to make sure that the water we return to the ocean is clean.”
Economy Minister, Gordon Lyons MLA joined some of the young ambassadors in Holywood to launch this year’s Maths Week.
Minister Lyons said: “I am pleased to support this initiative given how important maths is in everyday life and how it can open up exciting career opportunities. Reaching people of all ages through Maths Week encourages them to maintain and improve their maths skills.
“They may also continue learning and studying maths, in turn giving them access to many great career opportunities in areas such as IT, games development, engineering and medicine. Maths also helps develop skills in research, analytical thinking and problem solving which can be carried to any job.”
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