DATCHET, February 27, 2018 – CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) today announced the launch of its STEM Ambassador Academy – designed to enhance school teachers’ understanding of the variety of careers in the fast-changing technology industry, and the study paths available to their students.
“There is a chronic skills gap in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in Europe – too few young people, especially girls, are studying these subjects and then going into related careers. From the classroom to boardroom, many factors impact young people’s perceptions of STEM. The STEM Ambassador Academy is part of Create Tomorrow, designed to inspire the next generation of innovators, by connecting with school teachers who have a significant influence on their students’ career choices,” said Sarah Atkinson, Vice President Communications for EMEA at CA Technologies & Board Member at techUK
The first group of teachers, from more than ten secondary schools, will attend the academy’s series of interactive workshops at the company’s UK headquarters at Ditton Park in Datchet. Workshops include an introduction to unconscious bias and gender stereotyping, where teachers will learn how to recognise and manage these behaviours in the classroom. In an Agile Fundamentals Lego workshop, teachers will get hands-on experience in learning the concept of agile working, which encourages team collaboration to stimulate creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
The Tech Partnership, a network of employers collaborating to create the skills for the digital economy, will guide teachers through technology apprenticeships and degrees, including the ITMB degree that CA Technologies helped to develop, and share useful online resources for teachers to proactively encourage their female students to consider careers in technology.
In the UK, the STEM Ambassador Academy is run in partnership with Learning to Work, a local not-for-profit which connects schools and industry to bring the world of work to life for students.
Karen Price, Chief Executive of the Tech Partnership, said: "This is a welcome initiative. We know that it’s very challenging for teachers to stay informed about the rate of change in technology, given their own busy careers. Promoting the benefits of tech education in schools and bringing exciting career paths to life with children through working with industry is an excellent approach. This is the type of collaborative initiative we need to ensure the next generation of tech talent in the UK can thrive in tomorrow’s digital world.”
To further enrich the STEM Ambassador Academy experience, CA Technologies will nurture relationships with teachers through its STEM Buddies initiative where employee volunteers, CA STEM Ambassadors, will work with schools to show them the value of technology skills and careers in building a better future for everyone. As part of the continued collaboration, teachers will also be invited to join a People Like Me workshop – a programme created by the WISE campaign to help change schoolgirls’ perceptions about STEM careers.
The STEM Ambassador Academy supports the pledge CA Technologies made earlier this year to reach 50,000 under-18 students in Europe by 2020 to inspire them to consider future careers in STEM.
For more information about Create Tomorrow visit ca.com.