Tech giant Huawei opens a new 5G training centre in Birmingham

One of the worlds biggest tech companies Huawei has opened a new 5G training centre in Birmingham.

The centre is the company’s first facility in Birmingham and has been designed to enhance collaboration between the local businesses and the education community to ensure relevant 5G training is available to meet the regions current and future needs.

Based at TriGate Offices on Hagley Road West the 2,800 square feet centre has the capacity to train up to 20 people at a time over 5 days with courses covering the introduction to 5G technology, principles of modern network engineering and the installation of 5G networking equipment. Once fully operational, the objective is for the centre to train upwards of 1,000 network engineers per year.

Huawei celebrated the launch of the centre last Friday (20/09) with a ceremony in the Banqueting Hall at Birmingham City Council. The launch event included a packed agenda covering discussions about the challenges and opportunities for 5G talent in the West Midlands and the UK. The event featured keynotes from Birmingham Council Leader Ian Ward and Huawei UK Non-Executive Director Sir Andrew Cahn.

Ian Ward, Birmingham City Council Leader said: “5G and next generation technology is already making a big impact in Birmingham, before it has even arrived. Birmingham’s start-up scene is rapidly growing with over 13,000 tech companies now in the West Midlands, worth £5billion to the local economy. 5G talent and knowledge is essential for further growth and Huawei’s 5G training centre has already produced 157 5G-ready engineers since the first graduations took place in June this year. Long may this continue as it provides us with the 5G talent we need here.”

Sir Andrew Cahn, Huawei UK Non-Executive Director said: “Our new training centre in the heart of Birmingham presents enormous opportunities for the UK, especially at a time when upskilling our talented engineers in 5G technology is vital. Knowledge sharing is in Huawei’s DNA, and we are committed to collaborating with our partners to help build a better connected Britain. This country has an outstanding reputation for nurturing business growth, fostering unique talent and pioneering innovation. We want to play our role in ensuring as with 4G, the UK’s 5G infrastructure is world class”.

Huawei UK CEO Jerry Wang said: “The Midlands is the heartland of UK manufacturing and from here we have gathered the wisdom of customers, industry, academic partners and others to establish the Birmingham training centre as the UK’s base for growing the 5G ecosystem. Huawei believes that working together to foster 5G talent, based on real business needs, will drive economic advantage for the whole of the UK.”

Also on display, was the Huawei 5G Truck, an exhibition in the form of Huawei’s 5G Experiential which is in Birmingham to demonstrate 5G in action. Members of the public can fully experience Virtual Reality galaxies, streaming a live gig in 360° to friends and family or see how future smartphones will morph into tablets. Businesses and professionals can also get an insight on how to use cloud computing and VR to make education fully interactive and immersive.