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Calls for West Midlands youngsters to get involved in new 5G youth engagement programme

3 February 2021
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Calls for West Midlands youngsters to get involved in new 5G youth engagement programme

West Midlands 5G is looking for six youngsters, aged 18-24, to take part in 5G in 5 Days – the testbed’s new youth engagement programme.

The West Midlands is a hotbed for 5G innovation across Europe and is the best-connected region for 5G in the UK.

But you need to apply quickly. Applications for this programme are now open and close on 12 February 2021.

Up to six successful applicants will get to work alongside industry experts, gain invaluable experience and raise their personal profiles within the region as they discover everything that 5G technology has to offer.

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “This initiative is tremendously exciting, some of our magnificent young people – whether they’re at school, college, university or in industry already – are now in a unique position where they can work with WM5G as part of its 5G in 5 Days programme to shape the future of 5G for the West Midlands and beyond.

“Any 18-24-year-old with a passion for digital technology and its potential to change how we work, live and play will be itching to get involved – I’m sure of it – and I, along with WM5G, eagerly anticipate the 5G solutions our next generation of people could unlock.”

The 5G in 5 Days programme – which will take place in April over the Easter break – provides an opportunity for budding youngsters to discover how 5G technology works, the benefits it can deliver and the real-world improvements it can make to our everyday lives.

Encouraged to bring personal interests and ideas to the table, successful applicants will identify new ways in which this cutting-edge technology can improve our lives, while their whole experience will be captured as a video series to be featured in promotional activity led by WM5G.

Robert Franks, Managing Director at West Midlands 5G, added: “Our programme of activity to-date has already driven heightened awareness among our key stakeholder and B2B audiences. What’s important for us with 5G in 5 Days is to build on that and strengthen our citizens’ understanding of exactly what can be made possible with the support of 5G.

“The West Midlands is supported by a network of excellent universities, schools and colleges, with many bright young people already working hard across the transport, healthcare and manufacturing sectors. This, really, is an opportunity for them to bring their ideas to life and utilise 5G technology to improve the lives of those within their communities.”

Applications for this programme are now open and close on 12 February 2021.

WM5G is a multi-million-pound programme that both the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and DCMS have set-up to develop the UK’s first region-wide 5G testbed. DCMS expects to invest over £20m in this programme, in addition to substantial West Midlands public sector and private investment (October 2018 to March 2022).


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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