Apprentices showcase their skills to the Equinix and Newbury College leadership teams


Senior members of the Equinix team recently visited Newbury College to engage with apprentices who are part of an innovative Installation and Maintenance Electrician Apprenticeship. This initiative is a testament to the relationship between Newbury College and Equinix, the world’s digital infrastructure company, aimed at moulding the next generation of technicians.

The visit showcased the synergy between industry-leading expertise and academic excellence. Apprentices had the opportunity to exhibit their prowess directly to Equinix executives, illustrating the tangible impacts of their training. The apprenticeship programme, meticulously tailored to align with Equinix's operational and strategic requirements, epitomises a blend of in-depth theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on experience.

Facilities such as the Engineering Solutions Lab, the Renewables Centre and University Centre Newbury were highlights of the tour, demonstrating the college’s commitment to state-of-the-art learning environments.

Cllr Nigel Foot, Mayor of Newbury, joined the visit as a supporter of the initiative, expressing how partnerships such as this one between Equinix and Newbury College, are setting a benchmark for how educational collaborations can substantially elevate local talent and fortify our community's economic future.

Bruce Owen, UK Managing Director at Equinix, said:

“We want our workforce to mirror the communities we operate in. Collaborations like this one with Newbury college are critical in ensuring fair and easy access to tech careers are available both for now and generations to come.” 

Equinix, renowned in the data centre sector, continues to demonstrate its commitment to community and innovation, as evidenced by their recent nomination for a Newbury Town Business Civic Award. These awards celebrate businesses that significantly contribute to the community’s welfare and growth.

Iain Wolloff, Principal of Newbury College, commented:

"We are proud to work with companies like Equinix to design and deliver programmes that not only prepare students for successful careers but also meet the specific needs of local businesses, ensuring they have access to a highly skilled workforce ready for the challenges of the future.”

This collaboration underscores Newbury College’s strategy of ‘Careers, not courses’, preparing students to meet the demands of future careers with confidence and competence. Apprenticeships are just one of many ways that Newbury College engages with employers to provide career-oriented education and training that allows people to thrive in their chosen fields. For more information about apprenticeships, industry placements or other ways you can help develop future talent, please visit