The Company’s pledge is to inspire secondary school students to consider future careers in STEM through programmes that show the connections between studies and career opportunities. CA Technologies will also further develop relationships with schools to encourage innovative STEM teaching that reflects the role of technology in building and strengthening today’s digital world. The ultimate aim is to reach 2,000 secondary students and 150 secondary school teachers between January 2017 and January 2018.
“CA Technologies is immensely proud to re-affirm its commitment to addressing the STEM skills gap and gender imbalance,” says Marco Comastri, President & General Manager, CA Technologies, EMEA. “Over the last two years, through Create Tomorrow, a Europe-wide STEM programme that encourages secondary school children to consider STEM studies and careers, CA Technologies has reached more than 6,000 under-18 secondary school pupils and university students – of these more than 2,000 were females. We look forward to extending this reach.”
In January 2017, CA Technologies will enter into a partnership with the STEM Alliance as a founder member. Governed by European Schoolnet and CSR Europe, STEM Alliance works to strengthen industry and STEM education collaboration in Europe to increase students’ interest in STEM subjects at school and in higher education, and encourage innovation in approaches to STEM teaching.
This announcement builds on the CA Technologies 2014 pledge to support the European Commission’s Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs, which is designed to address the major shortfall in STEM skills cross the continent. The pledge then was to encourage youngsters to consider ICT careers by raising awareness and enhancing the image of jobs in the technology industry. To strengthen its pledge, CA joined the former eskills4jobs in September 2015, a campaign launched by the EC, to further raise awareness of the critical skills gap in Europe, and encourage young people to consider future careers in STEM. The EU recently reported that its awareness-raising campaigns, such as eSkills4jobs and the coalition for Digital Jobs, had contributed to reducing the predicted shortfall of IT specialists in 2020 from one million in 2010 to 756,000 in 2015.