North East Futures UTC

Fujitsu Hub Launched

A new partnership between NE Futures UTC and Japanese tech giant Fujitsu is boosting student skills in job crucial digital sectors.

NE Futures has collaborated with Fujitsu to open its new high-tech Education Innovation Hub, equipped with computing technology to develop our students’ digital skills.

Created as part of the national Fujitsu Education Ambassador Programme, it is supported by global technology innovators Intel, Ruckus and Kyocera.

The hub is the latest addition to advanced skills provision at NE Futures, which is delivering digital technology and health science to 14 to 19-year-olds.

It is the tenth such facility within the national chain of UTCs and the 28th nationally, with others based in schools and colleges.

Ash Merchant, Director of Education at Fujitsu, said: “North East Futures UTC is passionate towards digital transformation and the role of digital in supporting its students – and we’re excited to be a part of that with the launch of the Innovation Hub.

“A recent survey by Fujitsu revealed that around a fifth of consumers believe that digital education should be part of the modern education curriculum, which points towards a real need to see education establishments focusing on the digital journey.

“Educational institutions like North East Futures UTC will play a crucial role in making this happen – and Fujitsu, supported by our partners, is committed to supporting them in bringing their vision to life.”

Dan Sydes, Principal of NE Futures UTC, said: “The Education Innovation Hub is a fantastic addition to our already exceptional facilities.

“It is part of an inspirational learning environment which students can access to develop their computing and other digital skills.

“The hub will be open throughout the day, giving them access to high-tech facilities at all times.

“I am grateful to Fujitsu and all our partners for their enthusiasm and determination to open this hub, and to their commitment to education in the North East.”

Julian Mennell, from Kyocera Document Solutions UK, said: “We’re proud to have been selected by Fujitsu as one of only three partners for this initiative, and to support in meeting its goal to establish 20 new Hubs in Ambassador organisations this year to inspire students and equip them with the practical skills and knowledge for the digital future ahead.”

Steve Brodie, from Ruckus, said: “Ruckus is dedicated to cultivating innovation and harvesting creative potential within students as a conduit to the changing network requirements and the new IOT era.

“On this programme, we look forward to creating a platform for students to continue their journey through technology while creating ambassadors for the digital future.”

The hub adds to the unique support NE Futures receives from high profile industry partners and employers, including Sage, Accenture, gaming giant Ubisoft, Fujitsu and the NHS.

At maximum capacity, an expected 600 students will study our programmes, strongly supporting the North East’s skills drive in these essential sectors.

The Ambassador programme is a national engagement initiative led by the four international IT leaders.

It supports greater collaboration between industry and education, aids career skills development and provides expertise on personalised technology in teaching and learning.

The NE Futures hub operates to highlight the use of computing power to underpin knowledge in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

It also aims to drive forward innovation and digital skills development at NE Futures and the wider community.

The hub forms the central piece of a new but ongoing partnership between NE Futures and the four partner firms.

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