Partnership with council to boost education in area

The alliance of NCC and WCIT.
The alliance of NCC and WCIT.

An alliance has been formed between a livery company in London and Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) to help schools, business and charities in the area.

The council is working with the London-based Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) on a range of initiatives targeted at optimising digital technology in businesses, schools, charities and residents across the county.

In education, the WCIT will initially focus on providing technical and professional support and mentoring to support NCC’s Race to the Top schools initiative, developed in collaboration with the Government and also involving Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP). The broad programme concentrates on raising educational standards in Northamptonshire schools through innovation. Paul Blantern, the chief executive officer for NCC said: “We are focused on transforming digital services across Northamptonshire.

“The end objective is to make digital as simple, easy-to-use and accessible as possible to businesses, schools, charities and citizens across the county.

“We are confident that working with the WCIT and drawing on its experience and expertise in working with these kinds of audiences, and in delivering entrepreneurship and mentoring support to drive IT transformation programmes, will help ensure this project is a big success.”

The alliance will also help new businesses and boostthe digital economy.

Nicholas Birtles, master of the WCIT said: “We are excited to have the opportunity to work with them to help bring the benefits of digital technology to stakeholders across the county.”