West London IoT hosted a virtual first year anniversary celebration on the 26th January 2021. This event celebrated what West London IoT has achieved in the past year, and future opportunities that lie ahead. 
WLIoT welcomed over 100 guests to the event including anchor partners (Brunel University London, Fujitsu, Heathrow Airport, West London Business); employers within the construction, digital and engineering industries; students and staff, as well as stakeholders and supporters. 
Dr Darrell DeSouza, Group Principal and CEO of HCUC, said: "We are delighted to be celebrating a solid start to this exciting new facility at HCUC in the shape of West London Institute of Technology, and to have the support of our local MP Boris Johnson for this event as well as Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, and Jules Pipe, Duputy Mayor of Planning, Regeneration and Skills at the GLA. Our first anniversary celebration is another great opportunity to find out more about the higher level opportunities in technical training on offer to students across West London and to have a look at our wonderful new learning areas, albeit virtually." 

First Year Anniversary Event Recording 

Highlights of the event included presentations from: 

Boris Johnson, MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip and Prime Minister 
Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills  
Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, GLA 
Dr Darrell DeSouza, Group Principal and CEO for HCUC; Steven Cochran, Vice Chair for HCUC, and Pat Carvalho, Deputy CEO of HCUC and the development lead on WLIoT. 
A Virtual Tour of the WLIoT newly refurbished building, featuring the exhibition and learning spaces. 
First Year Highlights led by WLIoT Anchor Partners: HCUC, Brunel University London, Fujitsu, Heathrow and West London Business. 
Student Awards: Announcing the winners for employer-set mini-projects 2020. Employers (Heathrow Airport, Palo Alto Networks, MTC (Material Technology Centre) Ltd) provided the students with project briefs, involving key skills such as teamwork, problem solving, design thinking and innovation skills. Brunel University London PhD students were involved in the supervision of the mini-projects. 
Case studies of student successes can be found here
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