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Technology supplier encourages next generation into ITS

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Derbyshire based highways technology supplier MVIS is working to encourage young people to think about careers in intelligent transport systems in partnership with a local secondary school.

The company – an ITS (UK) member – has this summer launched a new initiative inviting students at Highfields School in Matlock to consider the roles that variable message signs can perform.

This MVIS Challenge educational initiative is the latest phase of a longer term partnership with the school, which includes annual work experience placements.

“The ITS industry is unique and faces a shortage of recruits beginning technical careers, armed with the precise skills required,” commented MVIS general manager Anne Ashman.

“ITS companies need to address this issue, not just for their own benefit, but for that of the sector as a whole as it strives to help make the UK road infrastructure safer and more efficient.”

She added: “We hope that educational projects like these will give young people an idea of the kind of roles that this industry has to offer and the kind of skills required, and encourage them to consider it as a potential career route.

“They are simultaneously an effective means of investing in the future of the industry and also of supporting young people in our local area.”

Enterprise and employability consultant Gerard Liston, who helped to deliver the MVIS Challenge, commented: “MVIS’s initiative is an excellent way not only to help students to achieve their individual learning outcomes, but also to raise their awareness about future career options.”

Meanwhile a Highfields student who went on work experience with the company last year is now about to embark on a four year apprenticeship, joining four other apprentices working across various departments.