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Schneider Electric & MK:U team up to foster new talent & develop smart campus

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Schneider Electric has teamed up with MK:U, part of Cranfield University, to provide students with courses that will help them meet the current and future needs of the sector.

Schneider Electric will work alongside MK:U to train its degree apprentices, providing courses on subjects such as digital technology and solutions, cybersecurity, and a range of digital engineering options.

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MK:U has been developed by Cranfield University and Milton Keynes City Council, to develop the technological and digital skills needed for the future, connecting the community through its Innovation Hub in Milton Keynes.

As the MK:U campus develops, Schneider will also participate in the open tender process to provide expert advice on the smart technology required to create a sustainable-by-design campus from the ground up.

Chris Collins, Country President and VP of Major Pursuits, Schneider Electric, said: “Students, businesses, and the local community will all benefit from our partnership and the close collaboration that this will bring. Together, we can develop skills that are fit for future business, inspire a new generation, and help to promote DE&I talent to enter the STEM workforce though leading research and technology innovation projects.

“Working with MK:U we will collaborate to innovate and promote sustainability to tackle the challenges of effective energy management that are critical to meeting net zero targets.”

Professor Lynette Ryals OBE, Chief Executive of MK:U, said: “Close partnerships with an organisation that has shared values and commitments to sustainability, inclusivity, and representation in the industry is extremely important to us. MK:U is ‘built with business, for business’ and this partnership truly embodies this. This collaboration will help us shape education courses that will address the current and real challenges in the UK and ensure learning is aligned to business needs.”

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