“Every business is a software business in today’s Application Economy. In a world driven by software, we need to increase the number, and diversity, of those studying and working in STEM fields. There are too few young people aspiring to study STEM subjects and there is too great an imbalance in the number of women actively seeking technology roles; both concerning issues which we are committed to addressing.” said Marco Comastri, President and General Manager EMEA, CA Technologies.
CA Technologies, who also supports the European Commission’s Grand Coalition on Digital Jobs, has launched Create Tomorrow, a Europe wide program which aims to engage its 2,000 strong work force in the region in programs to help address the skills gap and champion the creation of digital jobs. Here are a few of the initiatives underway:
In the UK, CA has partnered with Learning to Work, a nonprofit that aims to bring the world of work alive for young people. This year-long program begins on July 9 with a Business Insight Day. Some 30 year-ten pupils will spend a day at the Company’s UK headquarters at Ditton Park, near Slough, Berkshire, visiting various departments to learn how each supports the business and what life is like in a tech company. The students will present back to employees at the end of the day, sharing what they have learnt. Other programs include CA women leaders visiting nearby girls’ schools to talk about opportunities and skills, sharing inspiring personal stories about being a woman in the IT industry. Employees can also sign up to become mentors, take part in careers fairs and help at various Technology Challenge Days, where youngsters will be tasked with projects to help them better understand how technology impacts everyday life.
In France, the Company is working with ‘IMS-Entreprendre pour la Cité’ , an association helping businesses with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs. With IMS, CA employees will spend time with young pupils and students to help them understand what working in a technology organisation is like. In 2014, the Company delivered online IT security courses to 150 students at ISEP engineering school and helped prepare the young people for job interviews through role-play.
In Germany, CA has partnered with the Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), as part of the Deutschland Stipendium government initiative, designed to support top talent in universities. The Company is sponsoring students studying computer science, electronics and information technology for one year and, in return, the Government will double the investment. The Company will also launch Business Insight Days later in the year.
In Italy, the Company has been involved with the Deploy Your Talents program for two years, which is part of the European Skills for Jobs campaign. The initiative was launched with the support of the European Commission and involves more than 5,000 companies in a search for tools and solutions to effectively tackle the challenges of the skills shortage and unemployment. Coordinated by Fondazione Sodalitas in Italy, partners of CSR Europe, the project is promoted by Assolombarda and the Lombardy Regional Education Authority, with the aim of promoting STEM studies and overcoming gender stereotypes by building partnerships between schools and businesses. Some 500 pupils from ten high schools have taken part, to date.
“We are aligning all our efforts around three discrete audiences,” said Comastri. “Our goal is to inspire secondary school children and teachers to consider subjects needed for a STEM career, influence higher education students to pursue STEM topics and lead in terms of encouraging more women to consider STEM careers.”
“We’re incredibly proud of the initiatives we have in place in support of our STEM pledge and believe by harnessing the experience of all our employees in Europe, we can further help to close the digital skills gap.” said Comastri.
Watch CA Technologies Corporate Social Responsibility video, explaining how it is addressing the STEM skills gap in Europe.