The Employment and Skills Forum, which attracted around fifty business leaders from across the region, saw guest speakers including Sarah Glendinning, Regional Director of CBI NE, Bob Paton CBE, Managing Director of Accenture NE and Northumberland College's Chair of Governors, Jacqui Henderson, address the Region's Skills Needs.
The College also welcomed Shi Weiliang, Vice President of Huawei UK Enterprise Business Group, and Steven Harrison, Solutions Architect for Huawei Western Europe, to launch the new strategic agreement that will establish training within six IT learning pathways through the new Huawei Academy.
Northumberland College rolls out Huawei Academy Program
Through the Huawei Academy certification training, the new partnership will combine industry and academic expertise to help enhance the skills and career prospects of students studying at Northumberland.
As part of the e-learning training, students will be able to gain expertise on a wide range of key industry areas, including routing and switching, security, wireless LAN, big data, cloud computing technologies and IT storage technologies.
Shi Weiliang, Vice President of Huawei UK Enterprise Business Group, said: "We are very pleased to be partnering with Northumberland College to roll out the Huawei Academy program. Our enterprise business has seen strong growth globally in recent years and we are very pleased that Northumberland is the first Further Education College to sign up. As the digital landscape continues to evolve, we need to ensure the next generation of STEM students and engineers is equipped with the skills to help them succeed in the workplace of tomorrow. The Huawei Academy Program helps to meet that need."
Marcus Clinton, Northumberland College Principal and Chief Executive, said: "This agreement will further establish standards in the IT networking and data security industries and means we're able to offer students additional certification to enhance their job prospects."
The College's IT, Digital and Business Academy offers courses that include game design, mobile apps, computer systems and networking, business and accounting as well as enterprise. The college has also just announced a £2.5m investment that will create a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) centre at its Ashington campus.
The new STEM centre will include specialist science and technology workshops with dedicated facilities that will include fab labs where budding product designers and entrepreneurs can access the latest in digital fabrication equipment for prototyping.
Huawei is currently cooperating with over 100 universities and colleges to open HAINA facilities across North America, Europe, China, Australia and more. In the next three to five years, Huawei will continue to increase its investment in education, collaborating with over 500 colleges and universities to develop ICT talent around the world.
To find out more about IT and digital courses on offer at Northumberland College, visit www.northumberland.ac.uk.
Steven Harrison (Solutions Architect, Huawei), Pallavi Malhotra (Huawei Academy Manager), Shiweiliang (Vice President EBG UK, Huawei), Jacqui Henderson CBE (Chair of Governors, Northumberland College), Marcus Clinton (Principal and CEO, Northumberland College), Richard Howard (Education Account Manager, Huawei)