CA Technologies Steps Up Efforts to Help Address STEM Skills Crisis in Europe


New collaborative industry and education initiatives help address Europe’s critical skills gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) – where a shortfall of more than 700,000 skilled IT workers is expected by 2020.

LONDON, 24 April 2017 – CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) today announced that its expanding its corporate social responsibility (CSR) program in Europe, Create Tomorrow, to help address the chronic skills gap.

“Technology is transforming our lives at a pace never seen before, and this increases the urgency to address the skills shortage – one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. However, the supply of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and STEM graduates from upper-secondary and higher education is insufficient to meet demand.[1] And, there is a significant imbalance in the number of women choosing to study STEM subjects and then entering related careers, “said Marco Comastri, General Manager, EMEA, CA Technologies.

CA Technologies has become a founding member of the STEM Alliance, which is connected to 30 Ministries of Education in Europe and governed by European Schoolnet and CSR Europe. The not-for-profit works to strengthen industry and STEM education collaboration to increase students’ interest in STEM subjects at school and in higher education; and supports innovations in STEM teaching. CA’s membership will help the Company scale the reach of its Create Tomorrow program across Europe. New initiatives include:

  • Working with STEM Alliance, CA Technologies is supporting STEM Careers Massive Online Course, which runs from April 3 until the end of May. It aims to give primary and secondary school teachers in Europe insight into technology careers – and the importance of STEM careers in building the future.
  • During April and May, CA Technologies will take part in STEM Alliance’s “Professionals Go Back To School” scheme, which encourages STEM professionals to visit schools and participate in collaborative activities to raise awareness among pupils and teachers of STEM careers.
  • CA Technologies also just announced it is a founder sponsor of the People Like Me’ goes digital program, a new online resource designed to attract more girls into STEM subjects and careers. The program is a revolutionary approach to engaging girls and uses the natural tendency of girls to articulate their self-identity using adjectives, to show them that people like them are happy and successful working in careers in STEM.
  • This year already, the CA employees have so far reached hundreds of school children through several interactive initiatives in the UK, Italy, Spain, France, Germany and Czech Republic including:
  • The second edition of “Step into STEM”, during which more than 150 secondary school students visited the CA Technologies UKI headquarters for the day to learn about jobs in the technology sector. The event was run in partnership with GSK, Deutsche Bank and Mars.
  • In France, CA Technologies recently led a full day of interactive sessions with secondary school students aged between 14 and 15. These included speed networking and sharing live demos of CA products to help students understand how today, every business is a software business.
  • Employees from CA Technologies Czech Republic, led a series of talks and workshops with local secondary school students about the careers in technology, and shared their personal stories of what it’s like to work in the technology industry.
  • The fourth edition of Deploy Your Talents (DYT), a European-wide initiative led by CSR Europe, in Italy. The Company also delivered the second edition of DYT in Spain, France and Germany.
  • Having joined Programma il Futuro (Programming the Future) in 2015, CA Technologies Italy has begun supporting the delivery of classroom lessons to teach students how to code.

“Through these new strategic partnerships and our dedicated staff volunteering their time, we are helping to inspire the next generation of digital leaders and to influence positive attitudes to STEM as well as delivering on our renewed pledge to the European Commission’s Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition,” said Marco Comastri.

“Transforming young people’s attitudes towards STEM subjects must be stepped up now if we are to attract the next generation of talent – Europe’s future leaders. CA Technologies is using its talent, skills and experience to respond to the STEM skills gap. With experience in engineering the future through software, our organisation is uniquely placed to drive innovation and transfer this experience to young people. “

Learn more about these initiatives in CA Technologies Create Tomorrow Corporate Social Responsibility white paper.

[1] http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/en/news-and-press/press-and-media/press-releases/skill-shortages-europe-which-occupations-are-demand

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