Case study: University Technical College Reading closes digital divide with help from Fujitsu
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Published: 31 Mar 2014

University Technical College (UTC) Reading opened its doors to students in September 2013. Set in the heart of the Thames Valley with large enterprises such as Fujitsu and Oracle on its doorstep, UTC Reading aims to educate and train the next generation of technicians, engineers and industrial innovators. The college was created to deal with the massive IT skills shortage facing the UK at the moment. “Particularly in the Reading area, there’s a huge shortage of youngsters with the IT skills required for the jobs in the area. But it isn’t just in Reading – it's a national and global issue,” says UTC Reading principal Joanne Harper. She says the location of the college will give students the opportunity to work for the large tech companies in the vicinity, rather than leaving the area, or even moving out of the UK. “It’s our ambition to train the next generation of industrial innovators and engineers,” she says. “You only come to UTC Reading if you’re absolutely passionate about IT or engineering.” Preparing students for the business world The college ... Access >>>

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