Shire Leasing Plc have announced the launch of EducateIT, the latest addition to their vast product portfolio. The parental contribution programme allows for education establishments to offer personal mobile devices and technology to students.
According to the CRN Intelligence Education Report, in 2015, “The number of students who sat a computing GCSE more than doubled”. Recognising the financial strains faced by schools, Shire Leasing undertook research to find the best solutions available. EducateIT offers a compromise between the parents and schools, with a cost-effective method that lets students obtain technology for educational and personal use. Referred to as an ‘all-in-one’, EducateIT aims to assemble the best part of each service into one programme. This is achieved by packaging a full service, from the procurement of the device to collection of payments, with the ability to offer warranty, case and insurance with the device.
EducateIT works with Shire Leasing’s many existing and new suppliers, who will offer their technology products to education establishments on an operating lease agreement. Schools then open an online, branded portal that parent’s access via a unique code, allowing the school to determine different products for different categories, ie year group. Here the parent chooses from a range of products that the school offers.
Schools utilising EducateIT will also be supported by Shire Leasing with the provision of marketing material and templates that can be used to help explain the process to parents. Furthermore, admin burdens are minimal to the school as EducateIT is used to take orders, set up the parental contributions, manage payments and insurance claims etc.
Vincenzo Scalzone, Sales Director of Shire Leasing said of the programme, “EducateIT is a great opportunity to prepare young students for an ever evolving future and we are all very excited at Shire to be supporting schools throughout the UK. We have strived to formulate a programme that overcomes the challenges that are currently being faced, so that schools, parents and students can have the best experience possible through EducateIT.”