DATCHET, 21 February, 2018 – CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) has introduced 110 local students to the opportunities available in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers, at an event at their UK headquarters at Ditton Park, Datchet, today.
CA partnered with Three and Volkswagen to host the event for Year 9 students from Langley Grammar School, Langley Academy, Lynch Hill Academy, St. Joseph’s Catholic High School, Churchmead School, and Slough and Eton Business and Enterprise College. Pupils were invited to participate in a full day of workshops and networking, designed to educate and inspire them to consider STEM focused careers.
“Bold moves need to be made to shift young people’s perceptions of STEM subjects and prepare them with 21st century skills and competencies,” said Sarah Atkinson, VP Communications at CA Technologies and leader of the company’s Create Tomorrow initiative. “Europe is suffering from a massive STEM skills crisis, with the European Commission reporting that 44% of adult Europeans do not have basic digital skills, despite the fact that digital skills are now needed in almost all jobs. By holding events like this, we hope to introduce students to a wide range of STEM-based careers where they can thrive in a digital world.”
A carousel of workshops at “Step into STEM” gave a diverse and hands-on insight into potential STEM careers. CA introduced students to coding with Python, Three taught them about agile delivery via a game featuring pizza, and Volkswagen asked them to design a marketing plan for its latest compact SUV. Students also have the chance to “speed network” with a wide range of employees from each of the businesses, learning how they got where they are today, and to hear from some of CA’s interns about their experiences finding and starting a job in STEM.
CA Technologies, which also supports the European Commission’s Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, is running “Step into STEM” 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. So far, Create Tomorrow has reached over 10,000 students throughout Europe, and has recently pledged to reach 50,000 by 2020.
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.