Sharp partners with South Essex College to launch new Centre for Digital Technologies

Sharp UK today announced a partnership with South Essex College and the new Centre for Digital Technologies, Basildon. This significant design and install project is a ‘one-of-a-kind’ facility for the UK, providing students and staff with access to a highly integrated suite of the latest digital printing and audio visual presentation learning technologies. 

The project saw Sharp’s Print, Audio Visual and Furniture teams coordinate a tightly choreographed installation completed ahead of schedule. The centre is now equipped with the latest multifunction and production print devices, device management software, BIG PAD interactive touchscreens, Digital Signage and learning space furniture. The combination of these systems and solutions will enable new ways of teaching, enhancing student engagement and the overall learning experience.

The partnership with the college extends beyond providing this technology. Students will be supported by Sharp as they begin their careers with apprenticeships, mentoring, work experience and a series of four guest speaker talks at the college (in 2021) where the company’s experts will share their experience of working in the global technology sector.

The partnership is planned to expand in the future as the college develops its on-premise ‘Technology Suite’. This will provide students with access to exciting products and new technologies being launched in the UK market by Sharp. The company will also be able to access the suite to demonstrate these products to customers and prospective customers on-site.

Simon Warnes, Director of Connect Partnerships at Sharp UK, said: “This has been an exciting project for the whole Sharp team. Given the year everyone has had, we wanted to ensure the value we are adding at South Essex College goes beyond the technology and facilities we’ve installed. We’re delighted to be partnering with the college long term and to be able to lend our continued support, expertise and guidance to both students and staff.”

Angela O’Donoghue, Principal and Chief Executive at South Essex College, said: “The college’s new Centre for Digital Technologies in Basildon town centre, Essex is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for students on courses with a tech focus including IT networking, app development, games design and animation. We’re very happy to be partnering with Sharp on this project so students can benefit from this industry-led educational experience.”

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Success stories

Celebrating Success 2022: Stefan Vijan

Celebrating Success 2022: Stefan Vijan

Course studied

IT Level 3 Extended Diploma

Students are given opportunities, staff are friendly and highly experienced and you receive the help you need

Stefan Vijan, 18, from Basildon, studied the Level 3 Information Creative Technology Diploma at the Centre for Digital Technologies Campus in Basildon.

He was nominated for the award for his commitment to his studies and for going out of his way to support other students in the group.

His tutor said: “Stefan is a very able student who consistently challenges himself and always strives to achieve the top grades. I know that his commitment to his studies will pay off and we look forward to hearing about his future successes.”

Stefan chose to study at South Essex College because of the new technologies and opportunities at the college as well as other important factors such as distance and course schedule. 

He said: “I have enjoyed the practical side of my course. I was able to develop practical knowledge within IT, and was able to use my creativity to make programs, devices, and websites. I believe this wouldn't have been possible in another college or a sixth form, thus making me choose this course.

“I would recommend South Essex College because it is a great college. Students are given opportunities, staff are friendly and highly experienced and you receive the help you need.”

Stefan’s ambition is to land a job within in the industry, and from there, work hard until he reaches his goal of working in management.