Northwood school scoops third award in year for digital curriculum

UTC Heathrow Award - 05-05-2023 | Hillingdon Today
Rebecca Wall-Morris from CyrusOne; Mike Tamblingson from Kao Data; Andrew Stevens and Sarah Parks from CNet Training / UTC Heathrow

A Northwood school and its partners has been recognised with its third global award in 12 months, after being named winner of the ‘Education and Employment Project Award of the Year’ at the Datacloud Global Awards.

The award, which was presented to Northwood based UTC Heathrow and its partners, for the second year running, recognises the ongoing success of the schools initiative, which sees ten industry employers collaborating with them to create and deliver an exclusive curriculum for the digital infrastructure – the Digital Futures Programme.

Aimed at 14-19-year-olds, the programme aims to tackle the industry’s skills shortage and drive new talent into the digital infrastructure industry.

Industry partners include CNet Training, Amazon Web Services, Ark Data Centres, CBRE, CyrusOne, Kao Data, LMG, Soben, Virtus Data Centres and Yondr Group. Joanne Harper, CEO of the Activate Learning Education Trust, the Multi-Academy Trust that UTC Heathrow is part of, said: “We feel enormously privileged to be able to work with such forward thinking businesses as part of our Digital Futures Programme and are delighted that the work has been recognised again at the prestigious Datacloud Awards. What is even more exciting is that the employer partners have been in discussions to widen the remit of the partnership to include our other three UTCs dedicated to the industry, considerably increasing the number of students that the project can reach and truly transforming lives through this innovative way of learning and preparing students for the future of work.”