Social enterprise Wick, Budding Engineers, to leverage North College’s donation of UHI equipment

Liz and Dave Kerr of Budding Engineers accept a donation of computer equipment from Debbie Murray, Director of UHI at North College, and her medical assistant, Penny Gunn.

North Highland College UHI has found a good home for some of its surplus computer equipment – passing it on to a local social enterprise encouraging young people to pursue careers in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) subjects.

Wick-based community benefit company Budding Engineers offers a range of professional education services to current and future workers to help address the skills shortage within STEAM industries. With over 25 years of experience in mechanical engineering and computer-aided design, he offers programs designed to equip anyone, from elementary school students to teachers and industry professionals, with essential design skills. computer aided.

Principals Dave and Liz Kerr were delighted to receive a large donation of redundant computer equipment from the college for recycling, commenting, “We cannot thank the principal and North Highland College UHI enough for their fantastic donation.

“These machines will be refurbished and then given to children and young adults who are struggling to access digital technology.

“Some of the devices we’ve given to families so far have created life-changing opportunities, be it for education or access to employment.

“With the help of those who donate machines to our project, digital barriers are removed and families and individuals have the freedom to discover their full potential and achieve their goals. Working with the college like this and in the future will help promote and emphasize the importance of digital technology.

Principal Debbie Murray said: “The UHI at North Highland College is delighted to support local initiatives in any way it can. Budding Engineers provide essential training and services to a wide range of people, and we’ve been delighted to provide them with redundant equipment that they can recycle and make the best use of.

Budding engineers have embarked on a digital recycling project to help end digital device exclusion and laptop poverty. They currently provide recycled devices to anyone living in the north of Scotland between the ages of five and 25 who does not have access to a suitable device for learning and cannot afford to buy one.

For more information on all STEAM related courses offered at North Highland College UHI, visit

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