An Innovation Hub is inspiring the next generation of digital and creative talent in Coventry and the wider area.
Coventry College’s flagship Fujitsu Innovation Hub is part of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) project which provides a focal point for delivering new projects, new ways of learning, wider interactions with industry and the local community.
The facility is a key part of the college’s digital strategy and has supported the training of more than 270 students since its launch. A range of new Digital Apprenticeships are being launched from the Centre in September.
The project has received £220,000 of funding from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP).
Wider support from major companies including Fujitsu, Intel and Brocade has also contributed to the on-going success of the hub in Swanswell Street.
The funding has enabled Coventry College to kit out the Innovation Hub with the latest digital and networking technologies, including games design PCs, tablets and interactive digital screens.
Jonathan Browning, chairman of the CWLEP, said strengthening Coventry and Warwickshire’s digital and creative sector is a key pillar of the CWLEP’s Strategic Economic Plan (SEP).
“The Innovation Hub is having a hugely positive impact on the way Coventry College is able to teach technology courses and inspiring the next generation of digital and creative experts,” he said.
“Supporting the development of skills and strengthening Coventry and Warwickshire’s established digital and creative industries are key priorities of our Strategic Economic Plan for the region.
“We’re pleased support from the Government’s Local Growth Fund is helping to provide students across the region with the best facilities possible to aid their learning development.”
Students from schools throughout Coventry have also taken advantage of training programmes centered on how technology can be used in learning at the Innovation Hub.
Clare Hatton, Assistant Principal Employer Engagement & Growth at Coventry College, added: “We’ve developed the Innovation Hub to feel like a work place environment and there’s no doubt that it is one of the most advanced technology education spaces in the area.
“The facility is supporting us to inspire and develop the next generation of skilled technology graduates, from the College and schools across the area, and it is having an extremely positive impact on developing the teaching of a vast number of courses.
“We’re delighted to be launching a new range of digital apprenticeships to be led from the facility in September.
“Funding from the Local Growth Fund and private sponsorship is supporting us to play a significant role in the development of the digital and creative sector in Coventry and Warwickshire and shaping the talent of the future.”
PICTURE CAPTION: back – Billy McKenna, Clare Hatton, Timothee Hunt (Coventry College). Front - Lucy McGovern (CWLEP), Shoubna Naika-Taylor (Coventry College)