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Online course targets open source SDN development

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The Linux Foundation, the body promoting the open source software ecosystem, has introduced a new online training course for engineers who want to move into networking, with the skills necessary to manage a software-defined network (SDN) deployment. The Linux Foundation believes there is a growing need for SDN skills and it says that open source is “leading the charge in the growth of SDN ...

Economy needs “vital” RF engineers, says Sir Martin Sweeting

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RF engineers are a vital enabler of today’s economy An initiative to make wireless communications technologies more popular among schoolchildren and students has been launched in the UK in an attempt to address the continuing skills shortage in engineering. It is a skills initiative by the UK Electronics Skills Foundation educational charity in partnership with the Radio Communication Foundation (RCF). Sir ...

UK firms hold Big Bang skills expo for school children

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TDK-Lambda UK joined 20 Devon-based firms in a STEM skills exhibition attended by 600 pupils from local schools. The exhibition at Great Torrington School was the first of its kind in North Devon. “This allowed us to engage with children and young adults, start conversations about our products and ultimately get them thinking about a career in electronics,” commented Anne ...

Southampton University holds electronics summer school

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74 A-Level students from across the UK and beyond are taking part in the University of Southampton’s Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) annual summer school next week, with students coming from Dublin, Romania and Greece as well as the local area. The summer school includes lectures covering varied aspects of ECS, from electronic and electrical engineering to computer science and software ...

Sondrel supports UK-China design skills initiative

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A scholarship fund to support IC design students at the University of Nottingham’s engineering campus in China has been set up by design firm Sondrel. To support graduates looking to start careers in the IC design sector in Europe and China, Sondrel is providing a teaching fellow and nine scholarship awards at the University of Nottingham’s  Ningbo (UNNC) School of VLSI Design. This ...

Digital skills shortage action needed

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TechUK is inviting the electronics industry to get its voice heard on the digital skills shortage problem by contributing to a survey to support evidence to the Government’s Migration Advisory Committee. The Government’s Migration Advisory Committee is currently inviting evidence specifically relating to ‘Digital Technology’ roles. TechUK is asking companies to help it to demonstrate a shortage of labour in ...

Manufacturer focuses on investing in skills

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A Welsh contract electronics manufacturer Axiom Manufacturing Services has employed Valentina Cristea, a recent graduate of the University of South Wales, after she secured a first class honours degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. While at Axiom, Cristea, who is originally from the small town of Medgidia in Romania, will receive guidance from materials director Chris Nye, who will ...

Engineering shows up at Big Bang science fair

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For the sixth year running, the Sellafield Ltd’s Big Bang Project Team will host a stand at the Big Bang Fair educational science fair in Birmingham, as part of the company’s commitment to encouraging the next generation to get involved in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM subjects). It also supervised, along with Brathay Challenge apprentice team, a competition amongst ...

Graduates welcome manufacturing opportunity

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An electronics manufacturer has recognised the need to encourage graduates to make career moves into the electronics supply chain. Newbridge-based contract electronics manufacturer Axiom Manufacturing Services has created a graduate scheme providing two graduates the opportunity to begin their careers in procurement, an important function in any manufacturing business. Take the Electronics Weekly Salary Survey 2014 » “Creating real opportunities ...

Inspirational young engineer recognised by the IET

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Abbie Hutty, who studied her Mechanical Engineering (MEng) degree from 2005 to 2010 at the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences at Surrey, has been named IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year for 2013. As a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) ambassador, Abbie has been inspiring students and encouraging those with an existing interest to take it up further in ...