The tech sector is a significant contributor to the UK's economy and touches on all industries. A stable pipeline of talent is crucial for its continued success. There is an urgent need for large numbers of technical staff, diversity and inclusion must underpin the training and education system.
CW and Huawei aspire to close the digital divide by providing young talent with opportunities to learn about advanced technologies and apply their learning in practical, problem-solving events.
CW Techsters, created and led by Patricia Chan, Head of Business Development for CW, is a digital skills programme designed to promote digital inclusion and diversity, attracting and empowering young people (aged 16-22) with the skills to thrive in the digital economy and champion economic, social and environmental change. It enhances knowledge across five key tech areas and increases awareness of career options within the sector.
CW (Cambridge Wireless) is the leading international community for companies involved in the research, development and application of wireless technology. With an active community of over 1000 technology organisations ranging from major network operators and device manufacturers to innovative start-ups and universities, CW drives innovation, stimulates debate, shares knowledge and enables collaboration. Alongside its core activities, CW delivers a “Tech for Impact” programme that supports companies aspiring to make a positive social and environmental impact and includes the CW Techsters initiative.
"At CW, we recognise the need for greater diversity and inclusion in the technology sector. Together with our partners, we strive towards inspiring young talents to break down barriers when exploring new opportunities and celebrate their advancements in technology innovation and entrepreneurship."
- Patricia Chan, Head of Business Development & Digital Skills Project Lead, CW
If you are an organisation wanting to support the programme, please get in touch with Patricia Chan to find out more.
Founded in 1987, Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. We have more than 194,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions, serving more than three billion people around the world.
Fun facts about Huawei:
Huawei believes that no one should be left behind in the digital world, so we developed TECH4ALL – our long-term, digital inclusion initiative for using technology, applications and skills to empower people and organizations everywhere.
Together with our partners, we rolled out “Rural Star” to bring connectivity to remote villages; we use upcycled Huawei phones to protect rainforests by detecting sounds; we designed “Story Sign” to translate children’s books into sign language…We are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world!
“The UK can only achieve its ambition to be a digital leader and grow the economy post-pandemic if we draw on the widest pool of talent and ensure there are opportunities for young people to equip themselves for the imminent changes in the world of work and industry. We want people to understand that digital skills are for everyone – we need a new generation of digital talent and must remove the traditional barriers to accessing the ICT world”
- Victor Zhang, Vice-President, Huawei