TECH:TRUCK promoting digital, maritime and net-zero courses and careers hits the road

31 March 2023

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A new promotional vehicle packed with cutting-edge technology to inspire young people about courses and careers in the digital, maritime and net-zero sectors, hit the road for the first time last week.

TECH:TRUCK made its first stop at Fareham College’s Bishopsfield Road Campus, where it was the star attraction at the Clean Growth Conference, attended by pupils from local schools.

It will be shared by Brock, Fareham College, Eastleigh College, City of Portsmouth College, City College Southampton, Isle of Wight College, and Havant and South Downs College.

The highly-customised Fiat Ducato is full of state-of-the-art technology for visitors to experience.

This includes Virtual Reality platforms, a Microsoft HoloLens area, drones, an EVA robotic arm, plus 3D and 4D printers.

There will also be a range of audio-visual media available for viewing and/or download.

Meanwhile, hydraulic flooring and a large awning means that once the truck is parked it will expand to accommodate up to 20 people.

All this will be powered by solar panels linked to a Tesla Powerwall.

The new marketing asset will travel, along with Brock representatives, to public events across the region, including the New Forest Show and Bournemouth Air Festival.

Brock’s Head of Marketing and Communications, Rebekah Donawa, said: “TECH:TRUCK is full of leading edge technologies that provide immersive experiences and realistic industry insights.

“Taking TECH:TUCK out on the road this summer will be a pleasure and a privilege as we provide information and inspiration related to the courses and careers that will help shape and define the future of how we live.”

Meanwhile, Naomi Smith from Fareham College, who led the TECH:TRUCK project, said: “We recognise the importance and value of working with industry-leading companies helping to inform our college curriculums. In turn, we can provide future-proofed courses which enable every student to feel equipped for progress in their chosen careers.”

The TECH:TUCK project was financed by funding from the government’s Strategic Development Fund, which financed the South Coast Institute of Technology between the seven colleges in 2021.

Matt Johnson, Director of the South Coast Institute of Technology, said: “The south coast needs more people with enhanced digital and engineering skills. Closing this gap starts with inspiring young people to come into these industries.

“We love TECH:TRUCK and think it is a great way for children to learn about the different careers and gain some exciting hands-on experience with state-of-the-art technology.”