Fujitsu and Intel invest in young Swansea Talent Bank learners

Fujitsu and Intel invest in young Swansea Talent Bank learners

Sun 1st May

Talent Bank, which is part of the ARCH Programme, has just secured investment from Fujitsu, in collaboration with Intel, as part of its Fujitsu Ambassador Programme.

News of the funding was announced at London Excel’s recent Betts event, the world’s largest education technology show.

And the investment from two of the world’s leading technology firms, will mean Talent Bank’s first intake of Swansea students will learn in Wales’s first-ever Fujitsu Innovation Hub.

Talent Bank, which is led by Gower College Swansea in a partnership with the Institute of Life Science at Swansea University Medical School, is a new education and skills programme specifically designed to support the evolving life and health science sector in South West Wales. The project is being driven by the college’s Beverley Wilson-Smith and will ensure young people in Swansea graduate with the necessary work-based skills to progress to university, go on to work-based learning or directly into employment.

Beverley was at the London event when she heard the news Talent Bank had secured the major funding. She said:

“We are absolutely thrilled and excited to be chosen as the first Fujitsu's Innovation Hub in Wales. The Talent Bank is scheduled to open at Swansea University in September. It will be a dedicated learning space based in the Singleton Health Campus.”

The visionary ARCH (A Regional Collaboration for Health) Programme combines the three partners of Swansea University, ABMU and Hywel Dda health boards, who have united to improve the health and wealth of the people in South West Wales. As well as creating a healthcare system fit for the 21st Century, the ARCH partners are leading the way in ensuring the creation of the next generation of doctors, nurses, healthcare staff, scientists, researchers and innovators. The Talent Bank will provide a dynamic learning experience which will help deliver these goals.

Beverley added: “In winning this award, Fujitsu has recognised the potential in our vision. By working together and with industry, we can design relevant and dynamic learning experiences using technology as an interface to the real world.”

The Singleton Health Campus is based on the “MediPark” concept conceived by Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science (ILS). Through the ARCH programme, the Singleton Health Campus will be a centre of excellence for a broad range of care but it will also be an environment based on learning, research and innovation, which Beverley hopes will inspire youngsters in the area to take up a STEM-related subject.

She said: “The Talent Bank will be uniquely positioned next to ABMU’s Singleton Hospital site so they will be learning in a unique environment. This is pioneering stuff. And now our students will also benefit from the unprecedented state-of-the- art resources the Fujitsu Digilab will bring. It will provide them with one of the most advanced technological learning spaces in the region and will inspire and create a new generation of talent for the 21st Century.”

The Fujitsu programme already supports 10 schools, colleges and universities across the UK by setting up Innovation Hubs to equip these establishments with high performance solutions and support digital skills development.

The initiative aims to enhance teaching and unleash students' potential by putting technology at the heart of education. Fujitsu, alongside partners Intel, Brocade and Kyocera, will help fund the set up at Swansea along with the technology to support project-based learning and skills development. The Hubs will feature Fujitsu and Intel technology which will not only provide students with the opportunity to develop their digital skills, but educators themselves too.

Fujitsu UK and Ireland Director of Education Ash Merchant added: “We are incredibly excited to further grow our commitment to putting technology at the heart of education by naming Swansea in our 2016 Ambassador Programme.

“Passion goes a long way, however passion is sometimes not enough – education needs collaboration and support from the industry to really support the right skills development for young people, to lead to future employment opportunities and that’s what the Ambassador Programme is all about.”

David McCarron, Education Director at Intel, added: “We have a decade’s worth of experience, working with more than 12 million teachers globally, and we know the potential technology can bring to the classroom to enrich learning.

“We are thoroughly looking forward to embarking on 2016’s journey with Fujitsu and supporting the Talent Bank hub and preparing Swansea students for the digital future ahead.”

Dr Gareth Davies, from Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science (ILS), has welcomed the funding and says that, as well as the demonstrating their belief in the Talent Bank programme, Fujitsu’s commitment also brings with it something just as valuable.

Dr Davies said: “We are delighted with the news. But what is really exciting for us at the ILS is the brand power Fujitsu will bring to the table and the opportunities this will present to our young learners in Swansea.

“We should not under-estimate the forward thinking of the ARCH ethos and what Talent Bank can help deliver. The skills Talent Bank will provide are a vital part for realising how important the life science and health sectors are in this area.

“The involvement from such big-name firms as Fujitsu, along with the two university health boards and the university, will provide Talent Bank learners with a unique and ideal learning environment.”

Talent Bank will offer 100 learners a full-time education programme. It’s aimed at young people aged 16+ wanting to study STEM A Levels or Level 3 vocational and technical qualifications, or a higher apprenticeship programme in either life science or human and health science for those aged 18+ and employed in the sector.

 

Back

News

  1. news image

    Good Lab Practice at Singleton Campus

    Wed 22nd Mar

    Talent Bank Students undertook their first Good Lab Practice session @ Swansea University's Singleton Campus

    Read More
  2. news image

    Talent Bank visit to CellNovo

    Thu 2nd Mar

    Talent Bank students visited the CellNovo headquarters to discover more about Diabetes innovations

    Read More
  3. news image

    Talent Bank NHS Induction

    Wed 25th Jan

    Talent Bank students attend an induction day full of informative and practical skills provided by the Education Centre at Morrison Hospital

    Read More
  4. news image

    Talent Bank launches Young Scientists Journal Hub

    Wed 25th Jan

    Talent Bank has launched the first Young Scientist's Journal Hub in Wales

    Read More
  5. news image
  6. news image

    Launch of the Fujitsu Innovation Hub

    Tue 1st Nov

    Talent Bank collaborates with Fujitsu to open a state-of-the-art Innovation Hub at the School of Management, Swansea University.

    Read More
  7. news image

    Talent Bank sets up the first Young Scientists Journal Hub in Wales

    Mon 26th Sep

    Talent Bank's students will be the first in Wales to contribute to the journal

    Read More
  8. news image

    Talent Bank Launch

    Tue 20th Sep

    Talent Bank welcomes its first cohort of students with a successful introduction to the pilot.

    Read More
  9. news image

    The Digital Revolution

    Tue 10th May

    Lord Baker is calling for radical action to prepare young people for the next industrial revolution in a new report published today.

    Read More
  10. news image

    ARCH

    Wed 4th May

    ARCH is health and science working together, to improve the health, wealth and wellbeing of the people of South West Wales.

    Read More
  11. news image

    Fujitsu and Intel invest in young Swansea Talent Bank learners

    Sun 1st May

    Swansea Talent Bank students will be at the forefront of life science and health innovation after winning backing from two global tech companies

    Read More
  12. news image

    Investing in young local talent

    Sun 1st May

    Plans are under way to nurture the skills and talent of local youngsters and boost the regional NHS and life sciences workforce

    Read More
  13. news image

    SUCCESS OF ELEVATE CONFERENCE 2014

    Sun 1st May

    A huge success for the first Elevate Conference

    Read More
  14. news image

    Wales' life sciences sector is booming and the best is yet to come

    Sun 1st May

    Thanks to the incredible success in recent years of the life sciences sector Wales is now at the forefront of a number of exciting and pioneering developments across various fields, from pharmaceuticals to biotechnology.

    Read More
  15. news image

    300 invited to Swansea University event

    Sat 17th Oct

    An event bringing together more than 300 people from different organisations will make a return following last year's success

    Read More