21st January 2019
The CEO of an academic charity has praised UK infrastructure company, VooServers for helping them to transform the lives of students in Kent after they donated computers and a server to the academy. Brent Lewis, CEO of the FAR Academy Trust in Whitstable, recently showed Vooservers Technical Director Matt Parkinson, and other members of the team, around the educational learning hub to see how the students are benefiting from the computers.
The FAR Academy Trust is a unique facility that provides an alternative education programme for young people aged 16-24 years old that may otherwise struggle in a regular classroom setup. There are up to 12 children per class, who learn practical skills to help them into the world of work. The fully-accredited academy offers NCFE business and enterprise courses, as well as teaching Maths and English skills.
Young people are able to flourish at The FAR Academy by learning in a relaxed environment, with the opportunity to burn off some steam in the onsite skate park if they need to. Skateboarding plays a big part in the courses available at the academy. The courses include custom skateboard design, brand development, product design and screen printing.
Through the donation of the computers by VooServers, the young people are able to complete the vocational and project-based areas of the qualifications more easily. This includes research tasks, printing designs and using CAD software for the laser cutter. The FAR Academy also hosts a youth club every Saturday from 10am until 2pm, which for a number of children is a chance for them to use a computer as they do not have access to one at home.
Brent Lewis, CEO of The FAR Academy Trust, outlines what the academy does: “We strive to make inclusive education available for everyone. We do this by building an environment where young people can grow and develop to become positive role models and functional members of society, which in turn will result in stronger, thriving communities.”
Brent explains how the computers have made a difference to the young people at the academy: “The support that we have received from VooServers has been invaluable.
“Supplying our charity with a server and computers for our young people to use has made an amazing difference to their learning experience, this addition in the facilities that we are able to provide has become an integral part of their learning journeys.
“We are so grateful for the kindness and continuing guidance that VooServers has shown and look forward to continuing this relationship as the academy expands in the future.”
Matt Parkinson, VooServers founder and Technical Director, shares why he was pleased to support The FAR Academy Trust: “The FAR Academy Trust does some fantastic work with the young people of Kent, who might otherwise not get the support they need from the education system. Knowing that they rely on donations and corporate sponsorship from businesses I knew I wanted to donate some computers. It’s great to hear how much of an impact they have had on the students’ learning and our visit to the Whitstable hub allowed us to see them being used in action.”
Both VooServers and The FAR Academy are keen to continue working together in the future, Matt continues: “I think it is very important to support the community surrounding your business, as we have done with The FAR Academy Trust. Moving forward we plan to continue pledging our support in any way we can and I personally look forward to seeing how the academy grows.”
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