UNIVERSITY Technical College Heathrow, based in Northwood, has scooped the Education and Employment Project Award 2022 at the Global Datacloud Awards.

The ceremony, which took place in Monaco, celebrates the launch of Heathrow as the first UTC dedicated to the data centre sector.

Its Digital Futures Programme for students aged 14-18 focuses on digital infrastructure.

The sector is experiencing a critical skills shortage with an ageing workforce, coupled with a surge in internet use since the pandemic.

UTC Heathrow principal Wayne Edwards said: “[It] is a great example of how education and industry are working together to support the skills gap.”