The portable ITS company MVIS has launched an educational scheme designed to encourage school students to consider it as a future career route.
The Derbyshire-based firm has invited students at Matlock’s Highfields School to consider the role that variable message signs manufactured by its sister company, Bartco UK, can perform.
The new MVIS Challenge educational initiative is the latest phase of a longer-term partnership with the school, which includes annual work experience placements. One of last year’s Highfields work experience students is about to embark on a four year apprenticeship with the company, joining four other apprentices working across various departments.
MVIS general manager, Anne Ashman explained, “The ITS industry is unique, and faces a shortage of recruits beginning technical careers, armed with the precise skills required. 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.
“At the same time, as corporate social responsibility becomes increasingly important to companies throughout the industry, the provision of student work experience programmes is proving an effective means both of preparing young people for entry to the sector, and of supporting local communities.
“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.”