May 01, 2008
Fourteen local schools made a special visit to the company’s Springtown facility to coincide with this contribution that matched funds donated by North West educational establishments over the past year. Highlighted during the visit were the accomplishments FOSEC and Seagate have achieved in opening doors to students and teachers for delivery of the curriculum, providing an insight into the science and technology used in the industry, and employability in general.
Seagate’s John Spangler, vice president and managing director at the company’s Springtown facility, and Chairman of North West Workforce Development Forum, outlined the rationale for the corporate donation. He said, “Seagate has been working with FOSEC for several years through its Work Experience programme and, two years ago, became engaged in its Adopt-a-Class programme which was and remains a best practice model to get our students exposed to the wonders of careers in Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM). This focused strategy is crucial in maintaining and enhancing the future employment pool of the North West for Seagate and the rest of the NW Corridor.”
“You might ask ‘Why is Seagate interested?’ Simply put, Seagate is a high-tech firm that relies on young people becoming our future engineers and scientists and part of our employment pool. In Derry, Seagate manufactures complicated read-write heads for hard disc drives and conducts research for leading-edge technologies. This type of business relies on STEM knowledge. Seagate, like any manufacturer in a science and technology based industry, understands there is an urgent need to focus on encouraging more students to take up STEM subjects to position the region to have a prosperous future economy. FOSEC plays a pivotal role in helping and encouraging industry and education to work together to educate, recruit and retain able and motivated young people. It is vital that FOSEC is supported to further develop its programmes and activities and our donation will go some way to helping the organisation achieve its aims.”
Seagate teamed up with FOSEC at the start of the academic year 06/07 to proactively encourage schools to take educational visits to Seagate’s Springtown facility, and to assist schools in facilitating certain curriculum elements pertaining to science, business studies and employability.
Delighted by the private sector support, Maire Gallagher, Director of FOSEC, said, “As a non-profit organisation, we rely on government and charitable funding. We are delighted that Seagate has undertaken to match funding donated voluntarily by local education establishments.
“FOSEC provides opportunities for students and businesses to work together for the benefit of both. We have an overwhelming demand from employers and schools to use FOSEC’s services; we are limited only by funding.”
The Adopt-a-Class programme at Seagate has already grown in its second year to involve more schools and participants. This donation will allow further development of FOSEC’s work with Seagate in year three, and encourage more students to develop skills in STEM subjects that will improve their employability.
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives and storage solutions, providing products for a wide-range of applications, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Branded Solutions. Seagate's business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, with the goal of being the time-to-market leader in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world’s growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at http://www.seagate.com
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Seagate has two facilities in Northern Ireland, employing over 2,200 people between them. At the Springtown wafer fabrication facility, the Company develops and manufactures recording heads, which write information onto and read information from the recording disc inside a hard drive product. The Company’s Limavady facility produces nickel-plated aluminium substrates, the core material on which computer hard disc drives read, write and store digital information.