Digital Native IT Training Suite
Digital Native is a UK based IT training provider, specialising in the delivery of bespoke tech apprenticeships in data, software, digital marketing, IT disciplines and infrastructure apprentices to its local business community in the West Midlands.
Following a successful bid to provide an approved Pearson Examination Centre for Birmingham, the company was looking for a new technology provider to support the installation of a re-designed IT training and testing suite. As a business dedicated to developing the next generation of technical talent, one of Digital Native’s primary objectives was to ensure that all apprentices had access to the very latest technology, to maximize and improve advanced learning capabilities. The team were equally passionate about running their business in an energy efficient, sustainable way.
The Technology Solution
Representing Pearson, the UK’s largest awarding body, meant that the new computing technology had to meet the highest of performance standards. The ELe® team worked closely with Digital Native’s apprentice trainees to develop a specification to meet the requirements of the new IT suite.
ELe’s engineers installed 8 high performance Intel® i3 8GB desktop computers, along with 8 ELe® low energy 19”inch monitors into Digital Native’s new Pearson Examination Suite. The computers were assembled, installed and up and running within 2 hours.
With power distributed via the building’s existing CAT5e Ethernet cabling and infrastructure, there was no need for any additional electrical wiring, which enabled the team to create a clean and streamlined computer suite.
An enhanced teaching and learning environment
Once installed, the team at Digital Native found that the flexibility to move and re-position the ELe® computers, presented a real benefit in how they could use the suite to meet their changing layout requirements. As part of the installation, ELe® engineers were able to train the apprentices on how to install, set up and support the new PC’s, providing them with a valuable set of IT skills for future use in their apprenticeship and day to day usage of the software.
As ELe’s DC based equipment has no moving parts, the quiet running of the machines was a welcome additional benefit. The noise levels at the examination centre are now near silent, with no fans to disturb the candidates sitting their exams.
Digital Native are expected to make a saving of 75% on energy consumption when using their computing equipment, which over 5 years will amount to around £1,324 in savings. Additional savings were also made due tot he fact that no electrical sockets were required for the ELe® equipment to be put in place, as we used existing Ethernet cable power sources. This saved the company an extra £1,000 approx, and many hours of potential downtime and excess labour.
Taking a lead in sustainable IT
As a business keen to promote its environmental and sustainability practices, ELe’s low carbon computer technology has enabled the company to make a positive contribution to Birmingham’s vision as a leading green city. Digital Native is now using this project to launch a wider campaign to promote this innovative solution to other locations for Pearson Examination Centres and wider projects.