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Removing the Barriers: Connecting Students to STEM

Our flagship programmes as part of Create Tomorrow all aim to connect students with the real-world of STEM.

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Deploy Your Talents, CA Technologies Spain

Our flagship programmes as part of Create Tomorrow, like Deploy Your Talents driven by CSR Europe, Step into STEM in the UK, Lego MINDSTORMS events and Programma Il Futuro, all aim to connect students with the real-world of STEM.    

Too many jobs remain vacant today because of a lack of skills, and the gender stereotypes are still strong. Our partnership with CA Technologies to deliver Deploy Your Talents is significant in helping to disseminate a STEM culture in Italian schools.

– Carlo Antonio Pescett, Managing Director Fondazione Sodalitas

Now in our fifth year of running Deploy Your Talents in Italy, and the third year delivering it in Germany, Spain and France, the programme brings students into organisations to make them aware of the value of STEM subjects and careers. At CA Technologies, our STEM ambassadors visit students at local secondary schools taking part in the programme, and talk to them about the role of software in today’s digital world and how it’s transforming and improving our lives. Students then get the chance to spend a day at our offices to learn how the various departments operate, and the different types of jobs within a global software company.

Deploy Your Talents keeps us connected with the younger generation’s mindset. We can then guide them in taking the steps needed to enter exciting STEM careers – jobs that will ultimately build the future.

– Emilia Dos Santos Antunes Bastien, Director Support, CA Technologies France

Carlo Antonio Pescetti, Managing Director Fondazione Sodalitas, which partners with CA Technologies Italy to deliver Deploy Your Talents, said the efforts by leading companies that support Deploy Your Talents in guiding students towards the technical-scientific professions was crucial, both in terms of jobs and equal opportunities.

The Deploy Your Talents program has been a great success in Spain. Our team loves the opportunity to share their career story with the participating students and the program clearly has a positive impact. This is a great way for us to give something back and make an investment in future generations. It is also a lot of fun!

– Christian Lewis, Country Manager, CA Technologies Iberia

Step into STEM Event, CA Technologies UKI, February 2017.

Collaborating with our customers and partners not only builds greater awareness of the STEM skills gap, but gives students a varied inside view of the many types of jobs in STEM, and how they relate to the world.

In the UK, CA Technologies hosted its annual Step into STEM event together with Deutsche Bank, GSK, Mars and non-profit partner Learning to Work. Schoolchildren from local secondary schools participated in a full day of interactive workshops, from coding to artificial intelligence and engineering, designed to inspire them about the expanse of exciting STEM careers. A popular session was speed-networking, where students spoke to a wide range of employees about how they started their careers in STEM – and what they enjoyed most about their jobs.

Today, the world is being written by software, and as technology moves forward, coding is fast becoming an essential universal language in the workplace. Teaching digital literacy skills in schools is key – and on this basis CA Technologies joined the Programma Il Futuro (Programming the Future) in 2015 to deliver classroom lessons to schools in Milan and Rome to teach students how to code. Now in our third year, CA STEM Ambassadors work with several schools to run a set of ten coding lessons with each school. 

IT is the branch of science that underpins the digital society. It is essential for kids to start learning IT right from primary school because it allows them to develop the skills they need to play an active role in the digital economy. IT is also a decisive factor in a country’s growth.

– Professor Enrico Nardelli of Rome Tor Vergata University, coordinator of Programma il Futuro