DATCHET, 21 February, 2017 - CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) today underscores its commitment to helping address the skills gap in Europe with a dedicated Step Into STEM day to introduce Year 9 students to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers.
CA Technologies has partnered with Deutsche Bank, GSK and Mars to host the event at its UK headquarters at Ditton Park, Datchet. Approx. 150 pupils from local schools are to participate in a full day of workshops and networking designed to educate and inspire them to consider STEM focused careers.
“We are hugely excited by the role technology has to play in the world around us. In an application economy driven by software, we need to increase the number and diversity of those studying and working in STEM fields. CA is committed to encourage young people to consider STEM subjects and events like this are a fantastic way to inspire the workforce of the future,” said Sarah Atkinson, VP Communications at CA Technologies and leader of the company’s Create Tomorrow initiative.
CA Technologies, which also supports the European Commission’s Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, is running the Step into STEM event as part of its wider Create Tomorrow initiative, an EMEA wide program that aims to engage its 2,000 strong workforce in the region in programs to help address the skills gap and champion the creation of digital jobs.
The workshops give a diverse and hands-on insight into potential STEM careers including sessions on coding, artificial intelligence, engineering and designing toothpaste, run by CA, Deutsche Bank, Mars and GSK respectively. Students also have the chance to “speed network” with a wide range of employees from each of the businesses, and learn how they got where they are today.
The event is organised in partnership with Learning to Work, a local nonprofit that aims to bring the world of work alive for young people.
CA aims to showcase the importance of pushing the STEM agenda in an effort to drive greater diversity in technology roles and help address the shortfall of qualified ICT professionals, which the European Commission estimates is around 756,000.