DATCHET, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 – CA Technologies today hosted Girls Can Create Tomorrow, an event designed to introduce local students to the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers. The event, which took place at CA’s UK headquarters at Ditton Park in Datchet, was held in partnership with Barclays, Amazon Web Services and ASOS.
Over 80 local Year 8 girls attended the full day event, which saw volunteers from all four companies running interactive workshops designed to help students discover the value of STEM and the world of work. Other sessions included a People Like Me teaching session, delivered by executives from CA, to identify which personality traits are best suited to which STEM careers; and a panel Q&A with female role models from a range of different technology careers.
CA Technologies worked in conjunction with Learning to Work, a local not-for-profit which creates high impact activities with local employers to inspire young people, to organise this engaging event.
Sarah Atkinson, VP Communications for EMEA at CA Technologies, said: “There is a major STEM skills gap in Europe, which is having a huge impact not just on our industry, but on broader society as our lives become more digital.”
A member of the board of techUK and member of the Women in Tech Council, she added: “Together, industry, government and schools must work together to change the perception, often held by girls, that STEM jobs are just “for boys”, so introducing young women to such an incredible range of female role models can have a very powerful effect.”
CA Technologies, which also supports the European Commission’s Grand Coalition on Digital Jobs, ran the Girls Can Create Tomorrow event as part of its Create Tomorrow initiative, an EMEA-wide program that engages its 2,000 strong workforce in the region in programs to help acknowledge the skills gap and champion the creation of digital jobs. Since its launch in 2015, Create Tomorrow has reached over 10,000 students across EMEA.
Students attended from Herscel Grammar, Slough; Trevelyan Middle School, Windsor; Burnham Park Academy, Burnham; and Slough & Eton Enterprise College, Slough.
Alizeh Noon, a 12 year old student from Slough & Eton Enterprise College, said: “I really enjoyed the event, especially the CA Technologies workshop on coding. I think it’s important for there to be equal numbers of boys and girls in STEM, and that people don’t underestimate girls. I’m even more interested in a career in STEM than I was when I arrived today.”