Hamilton teen makes big connections through telecoms industry placement

Posted on 25th May 2018 in News

Leading telecommunications specialist Exchange Communications welcomed a Hamilton student to its Scottish headquarters for a week of hands-on industry experience.

Aiden Cheung (19) is one of three City of Glasgow College students to win a prized placement at the firm, which sponsors the college’s Computer Networking programme at SCQF level 7 and 8.

Through the partnership, Exchange Communications - which has offices in Glasgow, Aberdeen and London - is providing unique industry insights for students through on-site work experience, guest speaker slots, and the donation of equipment.

Aiden said: “My placement offered me real insight into the telecoms industry and a greater understanding of the role and skills of an Avaya-accredited engineer.”

“I was able to gain valuable real-life experience, visiting customers on-site and responding to live situations.”

Speaking about the partnership, Exchange Communications’ Managing Director, Tom Sime said: “We were very impressed with Aiden’s attitude and aptitude for the work he was undertaking with us, and we hope he’ll take valuable practical learnings back to assist him in completing his studies.”

“This new partnership with the City of Glasgow College has the potential to attract talented young students like Aiden towards a career in telecommunications and we’re looking forward to developing our relationship with the college further in the weeks and months ahead.”

Samir Zarrug, Head of Curriculum for Applied Computing Technology at the City of Glasgow College, said: “We are delighted with the partnership between the City of Glasgow College and Exchange Communications, and the valuable work experience it offers our students.”

“Aiden was thrilled with the level of support and guidance he received from the experts in the field at Exchange Communications and he appreciated the link between the skills developed at the College and the practical application of these skills in the workplace.”

Aiden’s fellow student Julia Banas will also take up placements within the business in 2018.

Exchange Communications was established in 1990, and has become one of the most successful and largest independent telecommunications companies in the UK.

A Scottish exporting success story, the company offers telecoms equipment and expertise to over 100 countries on every continent and more than half of its work is overseas.

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