CW (Cambridge Wireless) Techsters is back for its second year, helping young people realise their tech industry ambitions and become the innovators of the future.
Through a mix of online and in-person events, CW Techsters enables young people aged 16-22 to learn about the basics of technologies like AI, IoT and 5G, while challenging them to think about real-world issues such as tackling sustainability through future tech innovations. The programme promotes digital inclusion and is free to take part.
This year’s CW Techsters is now live and open for enrolment:
New for 2022, participants can now earn up to 9 CW Techsters digital skills badges that recognise over 90 employment skills tags to support their continuous learning pathways and connect them to local job opportunities, enabled by CW’s latest collaboration with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Region of Learning, Skills and Opportunity (CPRoLSO).
CPRoLSO provides young people, employers and learning providers across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to recognise and validate learning and skills development outside of the classroom through digital badging on their XP platform. With Cambridge City Council as the lead partner, this UK-first initiative is delivered through a smart, universal passport app which encourages users to create ‘digital pathways’ to learning, skills and opportunity.
Michelle Lord, Manager of Region of Learning, Skills and Opportunity said:
“We are very excited to welcome CW (Cambridge Wireless) as the latest collaborator with CPRoLSO as they implement their exciting range of digital badges on our XP platform. By digitally badging the skills which are highly valued by today’s employers, this will not only promote the CW Techster programme to other young people, but will also improve participants’ skills and employability.”
CW Techsters, created and led by Patricia Chan, Head of Business Development for CW, features contributions from a diverse range of industry leaders to illustrate how technology skills are applied in all sectors; representatives from Anglian Water, 1Nce, Humans in the Loop, PwC and Huawei share their tech journeys, knowledge, and expertise with participants.
Patricia Chan, Head of Business Development and Digital Skills Project Lead at CW, said:
“As diversity and under-representation remain key challenges within the industry, we are thrilled to be involved with CPRoLSO’s initiative that supports learning and employment opportunities for young people of diverse backgrounds. CW Techsters’ digital badges will contribute towards the demonstration of in-demand skills and connect participants who may normally face traditional barriers, to live employment opportunities in the Tech sector.”
About Cambridge Wireless
CW is the leading international community for companies involved in the research, development and application of wireless and mobile, internet, semiconductor and software technologies. With an active community of over 1000 technology companies, ranging from major network operators and device manufacturers to innovative start-ups and universities, CW stimulates debate and collaboration, harnesses and shares knowledge, and helps to buildconnections between academia and industry.
To find out more about the CW Techsters programme
Visit https://www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/programmes/cw-techsters-young-people/about-cw-techsters/ or contact Patricia Chan
About Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Region of Learning, Skills and Opportunity
A UK-first initiative, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Region of Learning, Skills and Opportunity, with the XP digital platform, enables learning providers to validate the learning they deliver, providing new opportunities for young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Through digital badging, CPRoLSO enables young people, employers and learning providers across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to recognise and validate learning and skills development outside of the classroom to help young people become more employable and achieve their goals.
Cambridge City Council is the lead partner in this initiative that is delivered through a smart, universal passport app to learning, skills and opportunity.
Funding and support
CPRoLSO has been supported by the European Social Fund, Cambridgeshire County Council, Greater Cambridge Partnership, Cambridge City Council, Arts Council England, Form the Future CIC, Shift Momentum, and Anglia Ruskin University.
To find out more about Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Region of Learning, Skills and Opportunity
Visit https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/cambridgeshire-and-peterborough-region-of-learning or contact Michelle Lord