Community Engagement

CNet is committed to supporting its local and wider community and the younger generation. CNet continues to donate time and resource to help in the following ways...

University Technology College (UTC) Heathrow

We are proud to have been one of the driving forces behind launching the University Technical College (UTC) Heathrow – the very first UTC dedicated to the Digital Infrastructure Industry.

CNet committed early on as a partner and helped to recruit other industry leading partners to help design and deliver the curriculum of the Digital Futures Programme. The important curriculum that introduces the students to the digital infrastructure industry, providing the essential knowledge and skills needed to thrive in technical careers within the data centre sector and across the industry.

The objective of this ground-breaking initiative is to help to future-proof the industry by inspiring a new generation to join it and enjoy a rewarding career within it, an essential move to help plug the on-going skills shortage.

The Digital Futures Programme is hugely beneficial to both the students and the partners, as the partners have the opportunity to spend valuable time with the students, mentoring them, getting to know them, and potentially recruiting them.

UTC Heathrow Partners:

Involvement in the Inside_Networks Charity Golf Day

The origins of the Inside_Networks Charity Golf Day go back to 2005 where CNet’s Andrew Stevens shared the idea of setting up a charity golf day with a few other industry leaders. The idea was well-received and soon gathered enough interest to kick off what has since become an annual event in the network infrastructure and data centre industry calendar.

The aim is to have a fun day whilst raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support – a charity with an ambition to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer and to inspire millions of others to do the same.

Trustee of the Edge Foundation

CNet’s CEO Andrew Stevens is a proud Trustee at the Edge Foundation and has been since 2015.

The Edge Foundation are an independent registered charity who are working to inspire the education system with the aim of giving all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work.

Supporters of the Armed Forces Community and Awarded the Gold Defence Employment Engagement Award

Since 1996, CNet has educated thousands of Service Leavers, providing them with the skills, hands-on experience and sought after qualifications to enter the lucrative network cable and data centre sectors. Today, CNet is the only industry dedicated education provider in the world to provide both internationally recognised qualifications and official certification for their programs.

CNet has pledged to support the armed forces community by signing the national Armed Forces Covenant and receiving the gold award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).

Signing the Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from CNet to actively support the armed forces community and ensure they are treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society are not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives. The ERS recognises commitment and support from UK employers for defence personnel. The scheme comprises bronze, silver and gold awards for employers who support those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families.

Supporters of Rise Futures

Rise Futures is a charity passionate about helping disadvantaged young people and looked after children. Rise Futures offer personalised programmes and mentoring to open up opportunities and to help our young people lead productive, flourishing lives.

Their aim:

“We’ve made it our mission to prevent young people from being left behind by the system and catching them before they fall.”

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Support

The skills shortage is a huge challenge for the digital infrastructure industry, so it is essential for everyone throughout the industry to spread the word about the industry and the amazing career opportunities there are within it. And what better than to start as early as possible.

There is no doubt that the younger generation are influenced about their future career from a very early age, from parents, teachers and peers. The CNet team is playing an important role in this.

Many of the team at CNet are STEM ambassadors and are regularly involved in STEM activities through working closely with STEMPOINT East and The STEM Innovation Centre. Recently CNet has presented the data centre sector and wider digital infrastructure industry to students at The STEM Innovation Centre for the UK’s Eastern Region, and we have provided all the students with the opportunity to take the Data Centre Fundamentals program free of charge so they can really understand what a data centre is, how we all rely on them every day and why they are so important.

We also visit schools throughout the local region to give a series of talks to students of varying ages. The aim is to inspire the younger generation across STEM subjects by introducing them to the industry and encourage them to look closer at the industry, talk about it and consider it as a potential career opportunity.

Supporters of the 7x24 Exchange Mentoring Program

CNet is proud to support the 7x24 Exchange Mentoring Program. CNet's US LATAM & Canada Technical Manager, Melissa Chambal is also a proud 7×24 Exchange International Career Development Mentor.

The Mentor Program provides students and early career professionals with opportunities to receive meaningful 1-on-1 career guidance from a practicing industry professional. An invaluable opportunity for anyone on their first steps towards a career within the industry.

Sponsors of Ipswich Town Football Club (ITFC) Under 21 Team

CNet is proud to commit to sponsoring the Ipswich Town Football Club under 21 team for a further three years and we will remain as an Ipswich Town Academy Partner.

We are proud that the CNet logo will adorn the front of the U21s home and away shirts until the end of the 2024/25 season and we look forward to continuing to cheer the team on.

We would like to wish the club every success for the forthcoming season.

Trustee of the Ipswich Town Foundation

CNet’s CEO Andrew Stevens is a proud Board Trustee at the Ipswich Town Foundation.

The Foundation delivers an innovative range of football and sporting activities, to engage, inspire and develop as many people as possible.

They are a registered charity and represent Ipswich Town Football Club (ITFC), UK within the local and surrounding communities, acting as an extension of the club to engage with local people and make a genuine impact on their lives.

Their aim:

“We will be looking to build a stronger, healthier and more active community using the power of Ipswich Town, which is the heartbeat of Suffolk, UK.”

Sponsors of the Suffolk FA Senior Cup

We are proud to have partnered with the Suffolk FA to support their local grassroots football for the past ten years.

We originally sponsored the Junior Cup and then moved to the Senior cup which is now named ‘The CNet Training Senior Cup’.

The Senior Cup is the oldest football competition in Suffolk and was first played in the 1885-86 season.

Suffolk FA Chief Executive Richard Neal said: “To have an organisation of the calibre of CNet Training, an internationally recognised company in their field, continuing to recognise our work by partnering with us is a real honour. The team are fantastic supporters of local football, including a number of staff who volunteer at local clubs. Our partnership, entering its tenth year, ensures we can continue to offer the Senior Cup experience we aim for, particularly to those teams and their supporters who successfully progress to the final.”

Sponsoring Local Youth Football Teams

Sponsors of Great Blakenham Chequers

Sponsors of Bury Town Colts U14

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