Three, CA Tech and Volkswagen join forces to get kids interested in STEM

The Step into STEM workshop invited six schools to learn about STEM opportunities

CA Technologies, Three and Volkswagen partnered up to try and get more young people interested in STEM careers with their Step into STEM workshop last week.

As part of CA's Create Tomorrow initiative, the day was aimed at encouraging those who wouldn't normally consider a career in technology to change their mind, showing that it's not quite as black and white as coding.

The three companies invited secondary school pupils 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 to take part in the activity day, designed to showcase the sorts of jobs they couldhave should they wish to follow a STEM career path.

"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 of 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."

Skills explored during the event, which took place at CA Tech's HQ in Ditton Park, Datchet, included learning how to code using Python, agile software development and technology marketing. The latter programme was developed in collaboration with Volkswagen, inviting students to create their own marketing plan for its compact SUV.

Pupils had the opportunity to meet employees from the three companies, who explained the paths they took to get to their positions, as well as discussing the benefits of working in STEM sectors.

The Create Tomorrow initiative aims to reach 50,000 schoolchildren by 2020.

Featured Resources

Four cyber security essentials that your board of directors wants to know

The insights to help you deliver what they need

Download now

Data: A resource much too valuable to leave unprotected

Protect your data to protect your company

Download now

Improving cyber security for remote working

13 recommendations for security from any location

Download now

Why CEOS should care about the move to SAP S/4HANA

And how they can accelerate business value

Download now

Most Popular

80% of cyber professionals say the Computer Misuse Act is working against them
Security

80% of cyber professionals say the Computer Misuse Act is working against them

20 Nov 2020
Cisco acquires container security startup Banzai Cloud
Security

Cisco acquires container security startup Banzai Cloud

18 Nov 2020
350,000 Spotify users hacked in credential stuffing attack
Security

350,000 Spotify users hacked in credential stuffing attack

24 Nov 2020