14 March 2016

Last week we were invited along to the launch of the Manchester 2016 – 2025 strategy.

Growing the next generation of technical experts is key to our city's success.

Growing the next generation of technical experts is key to our city’s success.

The strategy aims to create a ‘progressive and equitable city’. Personally, I don’t think this goes far enough – I believe that we can be the best city in the UK.

Manchester is an incredible place and I am making it my mission to help it to fulfil its potential as the next Silicon Valley.

We were proud to be part of the consultations process along with Manchester’s thriving business community, and to see our training director Aaron attend the event with Sir Richard Leese and some of Manchester’s big decision-makers.

It’s a real honour to work closely with the council and to hear that Sir Richard is already aware of our plans to create a new school and of our existing work with the Dean Trust.

I believe that this is the key to creating the Manchester of the future. Education is essential. Nurturing the next generation of technical and digital experts, and helping today’s generation to grow and develop, is essential.

Alongside the technology and the waves we’re making in the hosting arena, we’re committed to equipping as many people as possible with the skills that they need to help our country be the best that it can be.

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and it is the perfect opportunity to take stock of just how far we have come so far. This year, already, we have taken on 26 new apprentices. We now have a team of five teachers training the company’s 40 apprentices and the other 200 or so team members.

But it’s not just internal; we’re Pearson Vue, CompTIA and LPIC accredited testing centres, meaning that not only are our team able to sit courses and exams in-house, so can the community. We are the only LPIC testing centre in the north of England.

It is an extraordinarily exciting time for Manchester and the North West with Sir Richard Leese and Sir Howard Bernstein leading the way.

How are you helping the city to grow? How do you think we can make Manchester the digital hub of the UK?

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