XMOS partners with UKESF to attract young talent

19 March 2014

Pic: scott chan
Pic: scott chan

XMOS has announced its support for undergraduate scholarship programme and Go4SET schools challenge.

The Bristol-based, multi-core, microcontroller company is backing the UKESF (UK Electronics Skills Foundation) programme to help attract the best young talent to the electronics industry and reverse a 26% decline (since 2002) in British university applications for electronics degrees that threatens the £78billion UK industry.

The company will also sponsor UKESF undergraduate scholarships and will participate in its Go4SET school-competition series, designed to increase awareness of the industry and spark enthusiasm for electronics and engineering in 12 to 14 year old students.

The company’s technology was originally developed at Bristol University and the company maintains strong links with the academic community. It is keen to identify and access graduate talent. CEO Nigel Toon, said, “XMOS is at the forefront of innovative technology. We therefore recognise the need to create and maintain a large talent pool for our – and the industry’s – future growth and we value the fresh and innovative ideas that smart young graduates can bring to a business.

“The UKESF offers us a ready-made programme of activities to facilitate our engagement with school pupils and university students and we will be offering our first UKESF scholarships this year to attract more of them to join XMOS.”

The UK’s electronic systems industry currently employs 850,000 skilled workers, with ambitions to grow to a £120billion industry, employing one million people by 2020. However, an ESCO (Electronic Systems Community) report also highlighted the then 47% drop in the number of UK students undertaking electronic engineering degree courses at British universities since 2002 as a significant threat to the industry.

Wendy Daniell, UK Electronics Skills Foundation

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