Nissan has partnered with STEM Learning UK, a not-for-profit organization, to donate 3,000 recycled computers to students in schools across the UK who experience digital poverty. The initiative aims to help students gain vital technical skills for their future careers.
Michael Jude, HR Director at Nissan Sunderland Plant, expressed his pride in supporting schools with these computers and stated that all young people should have access to computers to support their digital education and gain the skills needed for the modern world of work. The computers were available after an equipment upgrade at Nissan’s five sites across the UK, including the manufacturing plant in Sunderland, the R&D centre in Cranfield, the Design Centre in London, the Sales and marketing in Rickmansworth and the Parts Centre in Lutterworth.
Cathy Westgate, Headteacher at Hudson Road School, Sunderland, expressed her gratitude towards Nissan for providing the school with computers and IT equipment to support their children to access the computing curriculum fully.
Owen McAteer, Regional Network Lead for STEM Learning UK in the Northeast, expressed his delight in partnering with Nissan to provide young people access to equipment that will help them develop the digital skills they need for their future careers. He also stated that this support ensures that pupils who benefit from this project are not already seeing their future opportunities limited from such a young age.
The project was supported by two North-based companies, Town and Community, a not-for-profit company that focuses on addressing digital poverty, and Protech, a specialist IT asset company, that leads in identifying schools and distributing suitably refurbished computers. This initiative is part of Nissan’s school engagement drive to promote learning about manufacturing and STEM at a young age. The Nissan Skills Foundation has seen more than 80,000 children from across the region complete one of its unique programmes. From September, the Nissan Academy, a skills partnership between Nissan’s Sunderland Plant and Sunderland College that bridges the gap between education and the world of work, will see its first intake of students. Earlier this year, the plant launched a recruitment drive for more than 150 new apprentices, the largest intake in its 36-year history.