“As businesses become more reliant on technology, every business is a software business in today’s application economy. This compounds the dual challenge that Europe faces. First, the European Commission has identified a predicted significant shortfall in ICT experts across all industry sectors, with a potential gap of 900,000 ICT professionals by 2020. And, secondly, too few women are choosing to enter the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields,” said Marco Comastri, President and General Manager EMEA, CA Technologies.
The coalition, launched by the European Commission in March 2013, is a multi-stakeholder partnership that aims to facilitate collaboration amongst businesses and education providers to help attract young people to learn ICT subjects, and to retrain unemployed people. Its goal is to begin increasing the supply of ICT practitioners from 2015.
To help address this issue, CA Technologies pledges to extend the number of programs it already has in place in EMEA to get young people excited about careers in STEM and promote the enhancement of women in IT.
As part of its support for the coalition, CA will continue its partnership with CSR Europe and Sodalitas Italy as part of the Deploy Your Talents initiative to help tackle youth unemployment. To date the program has reached approx. 50 students and the plan is to reach up to 600 students through seminars, career mentoring and company visits.
The Company is also extending its existing relationship with two top Swiss universities to help nurture and encourage the next generation of IT leaders. CA Technologies will invest additional funds in innovations under development by students at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and La Haute Ecole d'Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud (HEIG-VD). Senior Vice President Bjarne Rasmussen will also join the board of a Master’s degree education course at HEIG-VD beginning in 2015. HEIG-VD students will also be visiting CA Technologies R&D facilities in Silicon Valley during 2015 as part of their degree course, and to learn more about the culture of innovation in the Company
CA Technologies is also supporting Deutschland-Stipendium, an initiative of the German government to sponsor top university talent. CA is sponsoring three students at the Technical University Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt) which the German government matches, studying " Informatik" and "Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik".
The Growth Through Skills and Diversity workshop was supported by CA Technologies and the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Speakers included: Renate Weber, MEP; Marian Harkin; MEP, Lucilla Sioli, HoU Knowledge Base, DG connect; Saskia van Uffelen, CEO, Belux Ericsson, Digital Champion Belgium; Julie Baxter, VP Support, CA Technologies; Irina Fotache, Student, Information Technology for Business, Manchester University and Audrey van Belleghem, Senior Director Partner Programs, Anita Borg Institute. It explored effective mechanisms for encouraging more women to gain ICT skills, and looked at the roles that European Union and national policymakers play in helping to close the digital skills gap.
About Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
Since 2005, CA Technologies has partnered with the Anita Borg Institute, a nonprofit that connects, inspires and guides women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative.
CA Technologies is a supporter of the organization’s annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in the U.S. and India. This series of conferences is designed to bring to the forefront the research and career interests of women in computing. For the last four years, CA has participated in the Anita Borg Institute’s Top Company for Women in Computing Initiative and was a finalist for the award in 2013. According to the Anita Borg Institute’s 2014 Benchmarking Report, CA’s representation of technical women at the entry level exceeds the industry average by more than 20%. CA Technologies is also above the industry benchmark for senior level technical managers and contributors who are women.