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Skills for a Future-proof Europe


It’s a fact: digital skills are now needed for most jobs. They are paving the way for future societies, and as technology reshapes our world and disrupts how we live and the way we work, the demand for specialist ICT skills is increasing fast. 

Bringing Digital Skills to School Students

CA Code Week 2017, CA Technologies Czech Republic

Through Create Tomorrow, we work with school students to raise their awareness of the different skills needed in the fast-changing technology industry. Each year at our R&D site in Prague, software engineers run a week-long CA Code Week for local secondary school students who are put in the driver’s seat to gain hands-on experience and understand what it’s like to work as a software engineer. Within the week they complete a real-life project, and learn various technical and non-technical programming activities around software development.

Feedback from students who took part in our 2017 CA Code Week revealed that 80% were now considering a future career in IT.

Digitalisation, ICT, innovation and connectivity are key enablers for sustainable change. They facilitate optimisation, efficiency gains, new ways of interacting with each other, access to information and new business models.

– Stefan Crets, Executive Director at CSR Europe

Bridging the Gap with Universities

Education systems have not kept pace with the changing nature of work, resulting in many employers saying they cannot find enough workers with the skills they need - especially in STEM roles. According to a report by McKinsey, 40% of employers said a lack of skills was the main reason for entry-level vacancies, and 60% said new graduates were not adequately prepared for the world of work. Employers often find graduates from STEM fields lack the problem-solving and communication skills necessary in modern business. 

Through our partnerships with universities in Europe, we are working to equip young people with the practical, real-world skills to support them as they enter future employment. These employability skills range from communication skills to creative thinking and critical problem solving that will enable them to apply their STEM skills effectively in business – and guide them in becoming lifelong learners so they can thrive in a digital environment. 

Working in close collaboration with École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne and Haute Ecole d’Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud in Switzerland, CA Technologies is bringing real life business views and experiences into the development of future Bachelor and Master students, as well as supporting start-up companies under the umbrella of innovation programs at the universities.

– Bjarne Rasmussen, Vice President, Customer Success, CA Technologies

Through our relationship with the Tech Partnership, a sector skills council for business and information technology, CA Technologies worked alongside leading UK businesses, together with the Tech Partnership, to develop the IT Management for Business (ITMB) degree, which is a mix of practical technology and business, combined with real employer involvement. The course is delivered to 20 universities in the UK, and in 2017 87% of ITMB graduates received a First Class or 2.1 degree.

Since 2005, CA Technologies Czech Republic has supported the Czech Technical University’s computer science curriculum within the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering. Our involvement is oriented to mainframe technologies, rarely taught in other universities. 

To further bring the real world of work to university students, in Italy CA Technologies supports the Polytechnic University of Milan through the Giovani&Impresa programme, a training course run by Fondazione Sodalitas. The aim of the course is to help students develop their personal aptitudes and marketable skills. As part of the course, Michele Lamartina, Country Manager, CA Technologies Italy (left), spoke to university students about the relationship between business and social responsibility. He explained our holistic approach to CSR in driving sustainability across the business – from building employee engagement, to saving energy and driving innovation across the world.

From nurturing university talent to championing those who are just starting out on their degrees, CA Technologies Germany is a sponsor of the Deutschlandstipendium, an initiative of the German government. It is designed to support top talent in universities, and this year CA Technologies will enter its fifth year in sponsoring three students who are studying STEM degrees at the Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt). The government doubles the investment made by industry.

Since 2014, the research team based in Barcelona employs PhD candidates who for three years become an integral part of the research global team as they work on their thesis, in collaboration with Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. These industrial doctorate programmes provide students with an opportunity that combines the university academic supervision with CA experts mentoring and business experience. In September 2017, the first student of this industrial doctorate program obtained his PhD in Crowdsourcing and User Profiling with cum laude distinction.

Our support to engage university students and graduates for the future of work doesn’t stop here. In the UK, we run a one-year intern programme, where students from universities across the country join CA Technologies and work in various departments. 

Bringing university students inside our organisation helps develop their employability skills while building their awareness of how a STEM company operates. To extend this across Europe, CA Technologies is working towards supporting the European Commission’s Digital Internship scheme, designed to address the digital skills gap in Europe by encouraging companies to offer cross-country internships, and give students the opportunity to learn crucial digital skills.

Whilst the impact of artificial intelligence, internet of things, and machine learning might cause concern around the future of how we live and work, the potential for positive advancement from these fast-evolving technologies is huge. With these technologies comes solutions to improve every area of our lives, and in turn develop stronger and more sustainable economies. From better managing natural resources and reducing our impact on the planet, to potentially eradicating poverty and disease – emerging technologies bring the solutions to some of our toughest challenges.

However, Europe needs the right skills to ensure we can fully harness this potential. And to achieve this, industry, education and government must work together to collectively address the skills gap, now more than ever

Key facts about the digital economy:

The Internet economy creates five jobs for every two ‘offline’ jobs lost


The EU digital economy is growing at 12% each year 

There are more mobile phone subscriptions in the EU than people


There are 7 million jobs in the ICT sector in Europe


It is estimated that half of productivity growth derives from investment in ICT

Source: Digital agenda for Europe: Rebooting Europe’s Economy 

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Sarah Atkinson, Vice President, Communications and Executive Sponsor for Gender Diversity at CA Technologies, EMEA. Sarah is Vice Chair of The Skills & Diversity Council and board member at techUK.