A Northwood school has won an award recognising its innovative digital infrastructure curriculum – the first of its kind in the country.
At the prestigious Data Centre World awards, which took part at ExCeL London on March 8-9, UTC Heathrow was named as the winner of the Best Talent Developer award.
The award was given in recognition of the school’s Digital Futures programme – a UK-first engineering and IT curriculum which launched in November 2021, designed to help combat a skills gap in the digital infrastructure industry.
UTC Heathrow Partners – CNet Training, Virtus Data Centres, CyrusOne, CBRE, Amazon Web Services, LMG, ARK Data Centres, Yondr, Kao Data and Soben – collaborated to come up with an education programme that makes young people aware of the variety of careers available and trains them in the skills they need to succeed.
Andrew Stephens, president and CEO of CNet Training, who was instrumental in getting the initiative off the ground, said: “It’s an amazing win for all of the partners, and the UTC and its students. It’s been a long time in the making; I’ve been invested in it for the last six years. To see everybody run up to the stage, to see how excited they are and to see the students jump up on stage, it really means a lot.
“It’s a legacy we can be proud of; it’s something we can build on and replicate. There’s no excuse now for us not to have a talent pipeline. Congratulations to everyone who’s been involved; it’s brilliant and I’m so, so proud.”