Tech Intelligence Bulletin (HG Insights) – Huawei has unveiled its first training facility in Birmingham designed to enhance collaboration between local businesses and the education community and ensure relevant 5G training is in place to meet current and future ICT needs.

The new 5G Birmingham training center is 2,800 square feet and has the capacity to train 20 people at a time, with courses being tailored to meet training requirements. A typical course will last five days and will cover an introduction to 5G technology, principles of modern network engineering and hands-on practical installation of 5G network equipment. Once fully operational, the objective is for the center to train upwards of 1,000 network engineers per year on the latest 5G technology.

“UK’s base for growing the 5G ecosystem”

Huawei UK CEO Jerry Wang said: “The Midlands is the heartland of UK manufacturing and from here we have gathered the wisdom of customers, industry, academic partners and others to establish the Birmingham training center as the UK’s base for growing the 5G ecosystem. Huawei believes that working together to foster 5G talent, based on real business needs, will drive economic advantage for the whole of the UK.”

“5G talent and knowledge is essential”

Ian Ward, Birmingham City Council Leader said: “5G and next generation technology is already making a big impact in Birmingham, before it has even arrived. Birmingham’s start-up scene is rapidly growing with over 13,000 tech companies now in the West Midlands, worth £5billion to the local economy. 5G talent and knowledge is essential for further growth and Huawei’s 5G training center has already produced 157 5G-ready engineers since the first graduations took place in June this year.  Long may this continue as it provides us with the 5G talent we need here.”

Elliot Davis, trainee engineer at the Huawei’s 5G Talent Enablement Centre said: “5G will create a highly competitive business environment across multiple industries. There is a recognized skills gap across the UK in ICT engineering, armed with the right skills, newly qualified 5G-ready engineers could find themselves being in high demand over the next few years.”

“UK’s 5G infrastructure is world class”

Sir Andrew Cahn, Huawei UK Non-Executive Director said: “Our new training center in the heart of Birmingham presents enormous opportunities for the UK, especially at a time when upskilling our talented engineers in 5G technology is vital. Knowledge sharing is in Huawei’s DNA, and we are committed to collaborating with our partners to help build a better connected Britain. This country has an outstanding reputation for nurturing business growth, fostering unique talent and pioneering innovation. We want to play our role in ensuring as with 4G, the UK’s 5G infrastructure is world class”.

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