Arco, the UK's leading safety products and services company, has launched a partnership with The Constellation Trust to provide learning opportunities for pupils across the trust's network of primary and secondary schools in the region and to ensure that every child is connected.
Arco and The Constellation Trust's partnership will see students develop knowledge as to what it is like working for one of Hull's top employers through meetings with Arco industry experts and visits to the company's new Blackfriargate office and its National Distribution Centre (NDC).
The partnership also supports Hull City Council's ambition that every child in the city is connected by being able to access the right technology to support their education, with Arco supplying 60 laptops that will be used at Rise Academy and Rokeby Park Primary School for one-to-one sessions between teachers and students. Additional devices provided to Sirius Academy West will be housed in the school's new dedicated IT suites, featuring Arco's brand colours and company imagery, and will aid in catch-up work in English and maths.
While Arco's purpose is to keep people safe at work, the company has always recognised its responsibility to the communities in which it operates.
Arco is committed to making a meaningful difference and lives this through a range of activities and initiatives, from colleague volunteering, partnerships, and charitable donations.
One of the aims for the business is to nurture future talent, such as through its Future Experts programme.
Since launching in 2016, the business has recruited almost 40 apprentices. Arco's donation and partnership with The Constellation Trust demonstrates a strong commitment to investing in the future generation and the digital stars of the future.
David Evison, Managing Director at Arco, said:
"As well as ensuring pupils at Rise Academy, Rokeby Park Primary School and Sirius Academy West are connected, our partnership will see us working together to provide learning and development opportunities for students, delivered by Arco experts, which will showcase the world of work and bring the experiences of work and education closer together.
"The establishment of the new Arco Suite at Sirius Academy West is a great honour for our business and will have a real impact on supporting student learning and the development of digital skills."
Dr Cathy Taylor, CEO of The Constellation Trust, said:
"The launch of this new partnership with Arco is a really exciting opportunity for the Trust. Like Arco, The Constellation Trust is embedded in the communities we serve, and we are always looking to work with partners to provide opportunities for our students, so they develop not only through learning but also through experiences.
"We look forward to working with Arco on various projects and initiatives in the future as we develop our partnership further."
Gemma Ransom, Head of School at Sirius Academy West, said:
"We live in a digital age and the capacities of the present and future students require an ability and technical skill way beyond what was imaginable even five years ago.
"A strong ICT infrastructure is absolutely imperative for young people and their learning to enable them to achieve and be the best they can be.
"The donation of laptops, housed in our wonderful new Arco Suite, will ensure that Sirius Academy West students can do just that.
"We are incredibly appreciative of the generosity of Arco and their desire to improve the academic outcomes of young people in Hull."