Digital engineering leader partners with Sunderland College to provide on-the-job training for 16-19 year olds
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – March 9, 2022 – Infostretch, a leader in digital engineering services, announced that it is welcoming its first intake of T-Level students this month. In partnership with Sunderland College, a further education college which has pioneered T-Level adoption, Infostretch is offering work placement opportunities to students of the two-year course aimed at 16-19 year olds in the UK. Sunderland College is a leading provider of further education and training and part of the Education Partnership North East, one of the largest college groups in the UK.
Launched in 2020, T-Levels are geared to give young people a head start towards their chosen career. Developed in collaboration with employers, they combine classroom learning and on-the-job experience specifically designed to meet the needs of industry and prepare students for the world of work.
The newly designed qualifications are part of the UK Government’s skills drive, a strategic priority designed to help plug the nation’s growing skills gap. In particular, the demand for digital and data skills is acute. Research commissioned by the UK Government showed that almost half of the businesses polled are recruiting for data skills, but that just under half (46 per cent) have struggled to fill these roles in the last two years.
Silicon Valley-based Infostretch, a specialist in digital engineering services, is among the first employers in the North East to support the new qualification. This month’s cohort of new students mark the first targeted scheme by the company to provide job opportunities to young people under the age of 21. Education Partnership North East, which is one of the UK’s largest providers of further education and counts Sunderland College under its umbrella of institutions, is one of the key drivers of T-Levels, having recently received funding from the UK Government’s T-Level Capital Fund to invest in a new £3 million immersive environment dedicated to delivering the qualifications.
“There’s no substitute for experience,” commented Victoria Moyse, Work Experience and Placement Lead at Education Partnership North East. “That’s why, working in partnership with employers like Infostretch, Sunderland College is helping to educate the talent of tomorrow. T-Level qualifications, which blend technical education and on-the-job learning are a great opportunity for young people acquire the skills they need to thrive in the modern workplace.”
“I can’t think of an industry that isn’t being disrupted by digital. However, the dizzying rate of digital adoption now means that the demand for digital skills is outstripping supply. As employers, we have a crucial role to play in shaping future skills, growth and productivity,” commented Martin Williams, head of Infostretch UK. “Engaging with Sunderland College and the ambitious young people embarking on their T-Levels is a win-win situation for employers and students alike. Alongside their classroom learning, we’re giving students real life experience of what it’s like solving some of the world’s most exciting digital challenges.”
Infostretch, which employees hundreds people across 15 offices around the world, is committed to promoting continuous learning among all its employees. To date, Infostretch has focused on providing employees different opportunities to develop new skills, experiment and take charge of their own careers as part of its Infostretch University, a defined on-demand learning programs that further digital engineering expertise. The T-Level scheme complements and extends the company’s current skills development.
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About Sunderland College
Sunderland College is one of the largest providers of post-16 education in the North East with approximately 14,300 students. It was awarded BTEC College of the Year 2019 by Pearson, the UK’s largest awarding body. The College has three campuses across the city of Sunderland, and a sixth form in Hartlepool, offering a wide range of academic and vocational provision for school leavers and adults. Sunderland College aims to develop and positively shape lives, communities, and the economy through teaching, learning and development of skills. The College has strong collaborative partnerships with employers and the local community and contributes positively to the city and region. Sunderland College is part of Education Partnership North East, one of the largest college groups in the country.