The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, today attended Huawei’s ‘STEM skills to STEM careers’ breakfast event to celebrate the success of Huawei’s ‘Seeds for the Future’ programme; Huawei UK Graduate Programme and the signing of an MoU with the British Council. Chen Lifang, Director of the Board and Senior Vice-President, hosted the breakfast event and was joined by Minister Zhu Qin from the Chinese Embassy to the UK, and Lord Browne, Chairman of Huawei UK.
Huawei’s flagship corporate responsibility programme ‘Seeds for the Future’ seeks to develop ICT talent, enhance knowledge transfers and improve the skills and life chances of talented STEM undergraduates globally. The programme includes a visit to Huawei’s Shenzhen campus to learn about the company’s international business culture and values, and to receive ICT training from some of the best professionals in the industry. Over the past six years, 134 students from universities across the UK have taken part in ‘Seeds for the Future’, with 50 students expected to take part in 2017. By 2020 the Huawei Seeds for the Future’ programme will have taken another 200 UK undergraduates to China, contributing to the British Council Generation UK-China initiative.
At the event Huawei UK and the British Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Under the MoU the parties agree to support collaboration in the development of Generation UK-China, Seeds for the Future and other bilateral education, science and innovation activities. Generation UK-China was launched by the British Council in 2013. By 2020, it aims to help 80,000 students from the UK boost their employability, enhance their long-term job prospects, and develop a global mind-set through study and work experience opportunities in China.
Starting from 2015, the Huawei UK Graduate Programme have recruited 20 UK graduates. These graduate recruits will be offered a programme of training, role rotation and project responsibilities, part of a five year plan for their roles at Huawei. The 12 graduates recruited in 2016 include two who took part in the Huawei Seeds for the Future programme in 2015 – testament to the company’s objective to move from ‘STEM Skills to STEM Careers’.
Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, said: “The UK and China both recognise the crucial importance of STEM education in today’s technology driven world. It's great to see Huawei continuing to support young people studying STEM subjects in the UK, and the ongoing collaboration on research and development between Huawei and our world-leading universities.”
Rebecca Hughes, Head of Education, British Council, said: “We are delighted to be working with Huawei as part of the British Council’s Generation UK - China campaign. This initiative gives some of the UK’s most promising STEM students fantastic opportunities to shape their futures by gaining work experience in one of the world’s most attractive and exciting markets.”
Chen Lifang, Director of the Board and Senior Vice-President, Huawei, said: “As a global ICT leader Huawei has a responsibility to encourage bright young people to pursue careers in STEM fields. Young people are the future leaders of the ICT industry, and it is fundamentally important to inspire and stimulate them. We are excited to continue to invest in the ‘Seeds of the Future’ programme and to deepen our relationship with UK universities.”