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24 March, 2021 - 13:09 By Tony Quested

CW and Huawei partner to create more digital leaders

Huawei and Cambridge neighbour CW (Cambridge Wireless) have joined forces to help fresh generations of tech talent become the digital leaders of the future.

The CW Techsters programme will enable students aged 16-22 from a wide range of backgrounds to study advanced technologies like 5G, AI, IoT, coding and sustainability. The series of courses are available to all young people who want to take part. 

With the pace of digitalisation accelerating – the UK digital sector is growing at six times the rate of the country’s economy as a whole – CW Techsters will equip students with the skills required for the employment opportunities in the future. The programme is designed and led by Patricia Chan, head of business development for CW, and will see inspirational industry leaders from Anglian Water, 1Nce, Humans in the Loop, PwC and Huawei share their knowledge and expertise with students/participants.

Chan said: “At CW, we recognise the need for greater diversity and inclusion in the technology sector. Together with our partners, we strive towards inspiring young talent to break down barriers when exploring new opportunities and celebrate their advancements in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.”

The programme also seeks to close the digital divide and promote diversity within the sector. Across the digital ecosystem there is an urgent need for large numbers of technical and engineering staff who can address the challenges posed by its growth. However, there is recognition across the sector that diversity and under-representation remain key challenges within the industry.

Victor Zhang, Vice-President of Huawei, which is growing fast in Cambridge, said: “The UK can only achieve its ambition to be a digital leader by drawing on the widest possible pool of talent and making opportunities available for young people to equip themselves for the changes in the world of work and industry. We want people to understand that digital skills are for everyone.”

The full CW Techsters programme consists of three stages:- 

  • Online learning – 5 free digital skills sessions leading to certifications, points and further learning. Complete 5 online sessions by 9 May 2021 for a chance to be selected as the first cohort of CW Techsters going forward to the next 2 stages
  • 5G Bootcamp – an interactive deeper dive into the technological building blocks of 5G and its anticipated impact on the world delivered over 1.5 days 
  • Ideation Workshop – team up with industry mentors and your fellow CW Techsters to create solutions to a real-world sustainability challenge 

The CW Techsters programme is now LIVE. Details can be found at: www.cambridgewireless.co.uk

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