Fujitsu has announced the launch of an OCR-backed course to support teachers in developing their understanding of technology and its application in the world of work. It will focus on the technologies impacting the jobs of tomorrow, in a bid to ensure UK classrooms are coaching young people to be ready for an even more technologically-advanced world. Candidates will be awarded a professional accreditation – the Fujitsu Digital Badge – upon completion of the course.
Working with OCR, Fujitsu has identified the technologies most in-demand in our increasingly digital industries: the Internet of Things (IoT); virtual reality (VR)/ augmented reality (AR); cyber security; data analytics and big data; programming; and AI (cognitive computing).
Recent research by Fujitsu found that 3 in 4 (73%) of UK businesses admit to a clear lack of digital skills within their business. In addition, 87% say attracting digitally native staff will be vital to their success in the next three years.
The course will initially involve online exercises around each of the six topics, helping assess the participant’s level of understanding and the support needed. Once passed, candidates progress to face-to-face training. Here they will be able to meet others on the programme and hear from Fujitsu – and its partners – on how the technology areas can be brought to life in the classroom.
The programme will be open for applications via the Ambassador Hub in due course.
‘Teachers sit at the heart of education, connecting bright young minds with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in the digital future.’
The announcement of this new initiative coincides with news that Fujitsu will be further expanding its Ambassador Programme into Scotland, along with industry partners Intel, NetApp and Ruckus Networks.
The extension will see 10 new innovation hubs open in Scotland by 2019.
With two innovation hubs currently residing at Border College and Fife College, applications to be one of the ten initial new recruits to the extended programme will be open on the Ambassador Hub from 1st March. Members of the Ambassador Programme work with Fujitsu and their partners to set up an innovation hub within their institution for students, the local community and local organisations.
Ash Merchant, Director Education at Fujitsu UK & Ireland, said: “The Ambassador Programme is going from strength to strength, and we were incredibly proud to showcase the stories of students who have benefited from it at BETT. Technology is moving forward at lightning speed, transforming the way many organisations – like us – operate and interact with the wider world. As such, we’re seeing increased demand for a new set of skills that will carry that transformation forward, and yet we mustn’t forget the key transformational ingredient – our teachers. Teachers sit at the heart of education, connecting bright young minds with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in the digital future we’ve created for them. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to provide opportunities for them to develop their own knowledge in key areas of technological development.”