Northwood school launches partnership to help build technical careers in data centres

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Northwood based UTC Heathrow, has launched a partnership with high performance data centre operator Kao Data, which will see its people working alongside the school to deliver a co-teach a programme of learning based on the data centre sector.

Developed in collaboration with leading data centre industry organisations, the Digital Futures Programme, a first for any UK school, allows students to gain the essential knowledge and skills needed to thrive in technical careers within the data centre sector.

This sector is currently experiencing booming growth, but is facing an ongoing skills shortage. The Digital Futures Programme, now in its second year, is helping to future-proof the industry by inspiring a new generation to join it and enjoy a rewarding career.

Mike Tamblingson, Operations Director at Kao Data said: “Kao Data is proud to add to the diverse roster of hyperscale and data centre organisations helping to support and educate UTC Heathrow’s students.”

“Its pioneering Digital Futures Programme will be vital in helping to bridge the data centre skills gap, and future-proof the UK’s efforts to retain its position as a global leader in tech.”

Employer Engagement Lead at UTC Heathrow, Candace Rose Kumi, said: “After an incredible first year of the Digital Futures Programme, I am excited that Kao Data has joined our programme.

“With this additional partnership, UTC Heathrow will be able to deliver more co-teach programmes which will help our students build the skills needed for the fast-growing data centre sector.”