Hull software firm partners with employer-led school
Ron Dearing UTC principal Sarah Pashley and APD managing director Mike Isherwood in the school’s boardroom
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Mar 2018
A PIONEERING Hull software firm is driving to develop a new generation of tech talent by supporting Hull’s employer-led school.
APD Communications, a market leader in developing software for emergency services organisations and mission-critical operations, has become a major partner of the Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) in Hull city centre.
APD’s support for the school includes sponsorship of the Ron Dearing UTC Boardroom, which has been branded with imagery illustrating the company’s work with blue light services and critical control operations across the UK and abroad.
The branded boardroom also promotes APD’s vision to inspire digital leaders of the future in the city where the business was founded.
Ron Dearing UTC has been established to create a pipeline of talented and work-ready young people with advanced digital and engineering skills.
The school is supported by founding partners the University of Hull, KCOM, RB, Siemens Gamesa, Smith & Nephew and Spencer Group, who have been joined by a line-up of other leading local employers, including APD.
APD managing director Mike Isherwood said: “We’re proud to be a major partner of Ron Dearing UTC and to support the school’s important mission to develop young people with the digital skills that are so much in demand by local employers.
“We’re huge fans of the school’s employer- led model and how the business partners are so heavily involved in shaping the curriculum to ensure students gain the skills, qualifications and practical experience that companies like us really need.
“We have a well-established graduate employment and internship programme with the University of Hull and backing Ron Dearing UTC is the next natural step for us to take in developing and promoting digital skills in the region.”
Founded by two academics from the University of Hull, APD has developed cutting-edge digital technology in the city for more than 30 years.
APD, based at Newlands Science Park, employs more than 100 staff, mainly software developers who create life-saving software used by the police and other emergency services organisations across the UK.
APD marketing executive Jane Cross said: “Our partnership with Ron Dearing UTC enables us to play an active role in inspiring and cultivating the next generation of software developers and engineers – the digital innovators who will drive the region’s economic growth.”
Ron Dearing UTC principal Sarah Pashley said: “We’re delighted to have APD Communications among our major partners and as the sponsor of our boardroom.
“It’s exciting for our students for us to work so closely with a fast-growing company pioneering world-class software solutions right here in Hull.”