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Fujitsu Endorses OCR Qualification, Boosting Digital Skills in the UK

Fujitsu UK & Ireland

News facts:

  • Fujitsu’s contribution to the programme - a project designed by students on a placement year with Fujitsu - will help encourage the next generation to embrace STEM learning
  • Fujitsu’s expertise will enhance the real world experience available to those studying the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in IT
London, January 26, 2017

Fujitsu today announced its endorsement of the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in IT, an equivalent to an A-Level. As part of this partnership a project, which students will complete as part of the course, has been designed to prepare the next generation of school leavers to become the digital workforce of tomorrow.

This vocation-based qualification teaches 16-18 year olds how to apply their knowledge of ICT, technology and mathematics through a project based syllabus. The creation of a bespoke project for the programme realises Fujitsu’s commitment to enhancing STEM learning as has been demonstrated at the Fujitsu booth (stand C388) at BETT 2017. Designed by students on a placement year with Fujitsu, alongside members of Fujitsu’s Distinguished Engineers community, this specially developed project has been based on their own real-world experiences. It aims to inspire fellow students to formulate their own career paths in new industries; from fintech and big data, through to cyber security.

Recent research by Fujitsu found that 52% of C-suite executives believe their organisation will not exist in its current form by 2021. As such this two year-long syllabus created by OCR – which carries UCAS points – promotes thinking and problem solving within the context of a new era of digital industries, services and further education.

Ash Merchant, Director of Education at Fujitsu, said: “Providing a digital education is essential to empowering the next generation of school leavers to compete in industries that are becoming increasingly valuable to the UK economy. We’re thrilled to have been able to work with the team at OCR who are equally passionate about making digital skills ubiquitous for the next generation. We’re witnessing the digital transformation of industries from transport, to finance to retail; as such technology must be at the heart of learning in our schools.”

Mara Bogdanovic, Head of Business Engagement at OCR, said: “OCR is delighted that the partnership with Fujitsu means that the students taking Cambridge Technicals in IT will now be able to incorporate a specially developed Fujitsu project relevant to the real world of work as part of their course. Having a project developed in partnership with the insight of a respected employer and business will support teaching, and help to inspire and challenge Cambridge Technical students.”

The collaboration of examining body OCR and Fujitsu highlights the importance of education establishments and technology companies working together to inspire young people to learn new digital skills. Fujitsu will be celebrating those who are making strides in this area with the introduction of a new education award as part of its sponsorship of AbilityNet’s Tech4Good Awards. This award will celebrate education establishments who are using technology for good.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 156,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.7 trillion yen (US$41 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

About Fujitsu in the UK & Ireland

Fujitsu employs over 14,000 people in the UK & Ireland, with total revenues exceeding £1.8 billion. Offering an integrated product and service portfolio, we deliver consulting, applications, technology products, systems integration and managed services, including cloud-based solutions, for customers across both public and private sectors, including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer IT. For more information, please see http://uk.fujitsu.com.

About OCR

OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA) is a leading UK awarding body, providing a wide range of qualifications to meet the needs of learners of all ages and abilities. OCR qualifications include AS/A Levels, GCSEs, Cambridge Nationals, Cambridge Technicals, Entry Level qualifications, and vocational qualifications in areas such as IT, business, and health and social care. Each year more than three million students gain OCR qualifications, which are offered by 13,000 centres including schools, sixth-form colleges, FE colleges, training providers, voluntary organisations, local authorities, and businesses ranging from SMEs to multinational organisations. OCR is part of the Cambridge Assessment Group. For more information, please see www.ocr.org.uk

About Cambridge Technicals

Cambridge Technical are targeted at learners aged 16+ in either a school or FE environment and are available at Level 2 and Level 3. They allow for greater flexibility with the choice of units that make up the qualification and are wholly internally assessed. In addition, the Level 3 qualifications have UCAS points, supporting progression to higher education. The course available to schools and colleges now, and more details of Cambridge Technicals can be found on the OCR website here.

Rose Prinelle

Phone: Phone: +44 (0)20 7861 2866
E-mail: E-mail: teamfujitsu@harvard.co.uk
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Graham Goulden

Phone: Phone: + 44 (0) 843 354 9568
E-mail: E-mail: graham.goulden@uk.fujitsu.com
Company:Fujitsu UK & Ireland

Date: 26 January, 2017
City: London