North West Set to Profit From Support of Global Brands

Following the announcement by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) that investment designed to help generate thousands of local jobs, has topped £600 million since the funds launched, manufacturers in the North West are set to profit from a new innovative programme, IN4.0 ACCESS.

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Technology Students to Inspire Future Cyber Workforce

An initiative aimed at inspiring young people to pursue a career in technology has recruited five undergraduates from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The students, who are studying a range of technology disciplines, are the first to be signed up by IN4.0 Group, a North West specialist technology training and consultancy provider, as part of its partnership with UCLan to grow a future workforce to support technology in industry.

The five students have signed up as ‘Technical Teaching Assistants’ (TTAs) and have recently supported a series of Girl’s Defender courses run by the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) CyberFirst programme across the UK.

The four-day courses aim to inspire young people to become cyber professionals. The role of the TTAs is to support with the activities and motivate the students taking part.

IN4.0 Group has entered into an agreement with QA to support the CyberFirst programme and intends to recruit further TTAs into the scheme from UCLan and other North West universities over the summer.

Skills Development Partnership Formed to Nurture Engineering Talent

IN4.0 Group and The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) are delighted to announce that they are working in partnership to empower the next generation of digital transformation leaders.

IN4.0 Group are an industry 4.0 training, consultancy and digital transformation services provider based at The Landing at MediaCityUK and the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.

They focus on nurturing talent to scale businesses through their IN4.0 ACCESS disruptive innovation accelerator programme. Through IN4.0 ACCESS, companies can up-skill their future leaders and technical staff to Chartered Engineer level, underpinned with a commercial innovation project.

The IET inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community to engineer a better world. As a diverse home across engineering and technology, they share knowledge that helps make better sense of the world in order to solve the challenges that matter.

They also run a series of Life Skills Workshops that are designed to provide a brief introduction to key topics, relevant to any professional looking to enhance their skill set. Their workshops will be incorporated into IN4.0 ACCESS as the delegates progress beyond the accelerator and into the postgraduate engineer qualification.

Both the IET and IN4.0 Group share a great desire to empower future leaders which creates the perfect template for both organizations to succeed in delivering an industry leadership programme across the North West region.

Technology Entrepreneurs Come Together to Nurture Industry 4.0 Champions!

IN4.0 Group and Valuechain Technology are delighted to announce that they are working in partnership to up-skill future leaders and support businesses with their digital adoption journey.

IN4.0 Group are an industry 4.0 training, consultancy and digital transformation services provider based at The Landing at MediaCityUK and the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.

They focus on nurturing talent to scale businesses through their IN4.0 ACCESS disruptive innovation accelerator programme. Through IN4.0 ACCESS, companies can up-skill their future leaders and technical staff to Chartered Engineer level, underpinned with a commercial innovation project.

Valuechain Technology provides smart manufacturing software for digital manufacturing. Developed in collaboration with academia and industry clients, including Airbus, Bentley Motors, Rolls-Royce and more than 500 SMEs, Valuechain’s software embeds Industry 4.0 best practices into scalable software solutions.

They will be launching a series of Digital Productivity Transformation tools to support companies on their digital journey and accelerate their transformation process through their partnership with IN4.0.

Valuechain’s digital transformation solutions will be embedded within the IN4.0 ACCESS accelerator programme. IN4.0 TALENT, a division of IN4.0 Group, will also provide graduate Associate Consultants to support Valuechain’s training and implementation.

Digital Entrepreneurs Inspire Students to Express Their Talent

A group of Manchester students turned to technology to help make their CVs stand out in a competitive jobs market.

A unique programme that delivers a careers, employability and participation learning experience for high school pupils launched in 2018 and recently celebrated its first students in Manchester.

The Digital Entrepreneurs, Vloggers and Ambassadors (DEVA) Network creates an employability resource for young people, designed to support them develop and articulate their professional career identity.

By engaging in the process of creating a video CV, students are able to gain a knowledge and understanding of soft skills, awareness and insight into job readiness that’ll help to develop their confidence and motivation.

The first cohort contained 165 students from Salford City Academy and Harrop Fold School in Salford. They completed a six-week programme created by IN4.0 EDUCATION, a community interest company and a division of the specialist training and consultancy service IN4.0 Group, in partnership with the University of Salford.

Video artists, YouTubers and digital entrepreneurs supported the pilot DEVA programme and mentored the students during a full day masterclass and a series of workshops.

The programme also included a visit to the University of Salford at MediaCity and lessons on career pathways and interview skills, concluding with the creation of video CVs to help the students secure work placements.

The group of 13-15 year olds who took part in the first programme included 12 students with special educational needs.

The programme was funded for schools by Greater Manchester Higher as part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme. Wates Foundation were also a sponsor and CVvid Careers were the delivery partner for the careers programme and filming of the video CVs.

Mo Isap, CEO of IN4.0 Group, said: “DEVA is all about taking digital entrepreneurs and video artists who can mentor young people and give them the confidence to create a video CV for themselves and learn about the opportunities in digital careers.

“It is empowering young people to showcase their talent, create CVs and send them to employers who will give those students work placements and eventually even apprenticeships and full time jobs.”

Adriana Braje, a DEVA mentor and an established YouTube influencer, said “Video CVs are more effective than written CVs in appealing to prospective employers. People want to know people through their personality, dedication and skills. I don’t believe there’s a better way to showcase yourself than through video.”

The DEVA programme concluded with a special celebration event at Salford City Academy, where students received awards for their video CVs.

For more information about the DEVA Network, please visit: https://in40.co.uk/in4-0-education/