College donation will help reduce digital poverty in the North

North Highland College UHI have teamed up with a local non-profit organisation, Budding Engineers, to support their work encouraging young people to pursue a career in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) subjects.

Budding Engineers Community Interest Company offers a range of professional educational services for the current and future workforce to help address the skills shortage within the STEAM industries. With over 25 years of experience in mechanical engineering and computer aided design, they deliver programmes to equip everyone from primary school pupils to faculty staff and industry professionals with the essential skills for computer aided design.

The college has donated a significant amount of redundant IT equipment for recycling and recently met with Directors Dave and Liz Kerr to hand over the donation. They said: “We can’t thank the Principal Debbie Murray, and North Highland College UHI enough for their fantastic donation.

These machines will be refurbished and then donated to children and young adults who struggle to gain access to digital technology. Some of the devices we have donated to families so far has made some life changing opportunities, whether it be for education or access to employment and there is still many more to help.

With the help from those who donate machines to our project, digital barriers are removed and families and individuals are given the freedom to discover their full potential and achieve goals. Working together with the college like this and in the future will help to promote and highlight the importance of digital technology.”

Principal Debbie Murray commented: “North Highland College UHI is delighted to support local initiatives in any way we possibly can.  Budding Engineers provides vital services and training to a range of people, and we were delighted to pass on redundant equipment which they can recycle and make best use of. In line with our strategy, we will continue to develop lasting partnerships that benefit all within the community.”

Budding Engineers have undertaken a digital recycling project to help put an end to digital device exclusion and laptop poverty. They are currently providing recycled devices to anyone living in the North of Scotland between the ages of 5 and 25 who don’t have access to an adequate device for learning and can’t afford to buy one.