The STEM Challenge



75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations in Australia now require skills in STEM Further, an additional 100,000 IT professionals are needed in Australia by 2020.

Across OECD nations, less than one in 20 girls considers a career in STEM compared to one in five boys. In Australia women make up less than a third of Australia’s STEM-qualified workforce.

Tata Consultancy Services STEM Education Program aims to:

  • Increase the number of students studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and alleviate the skills shortage in the Australian and New Zealand IT industry.
  • Inspire more women to study STEM subjects to increase the gender diversity in the IT industry.

TCS awarded first place in Global CSR Awards for Women's Empowerment

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The STEM Challenge

75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations in Australia now require skills in STEM Further, an additional 100,000 IT professionals are needed in Australia by 2020.

Across OECD nations, less than one in 20 girls considers a career in STEM compared to one in five boys. In Australia women make up less than a third of Australia’s STEM-qualified workforce.

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Building the STEM Education pipeline

Tata Consultancy Services STEM Education Program aims to:

  • Increase the number of students studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and alleviate the skills shortage in the Australian and New Zealand IT industry.
  • Inspire more women to study STEM subjects to increase the gender diversity in the IT industry.
The program is designed to support students and teachers by providing an educational pathway through primary, secondary and tertiary education into employment.

Our STEM Education initiatives include:
  • GoIT Girls
  • GoIT Mentoring
  • GoIT Outreach
  • GoIT Teachers 
  • GoIT Challenge
  • GoIT Future Leaders
  • GoIT Girls @ Westpac


Effects of integrative approaches among STEM subjects on students’ learning, Becker, K. and Park, K. Journal of STEM Education Volume 12 – Issue 5 & 6, July-September 2011
ICT Workforce Study, Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, July 2013. 
[Australia’s Digital Pulse: Key challenges for our nation – digital skills, jobs and education, Australian Computer Society and Deloitte, 2015. http://www.acs.org.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/69720/02062015-Australias-Digital-Pulse-FINAL.PDF


Inspiring young women into technology

Tata Consultancy Services GoIT Girls program is a week-long work experience program aimed at female students in years 10 and 11.

The participants meet senior executives from our company and from our clients who provide insight into the various STEM roles that exist across the business spectrum, with the hope of inspiring a new generation of innovators, problem solvers and STEM professionals. The aim is to provide insight into and challenge stereotypes, of the technology industry and challenge gender occupational stereotypes.

“The GoIT Girls Work Experience Program helps to inspire female students to consider roles and careers that perhaps that didn’t know existed or thought that they were capable of. On the surface the program may appear to be a regular Work Experience placement, but it is so much more.”

Teacher, Melbourne, March 2016

Now in the third year, GoIT Girls has been recognised as leading the field globally. The GoIT Girls program was awarded the 2015 Global CSR Platinum Award for Women’s Empowerment. We invite you to view our video above about the impact of the GoIT Girls program.

The program has four areas of focus:

  1. Provide insight into the technology industry, Tata Consultancy Services and the application of technology in our client’s business. Here we aim to broaden out students perspectives of IT.
  2. Challenge gender stereotypes by showcasing women in STEM as role models
  3. Build technical skills through coding but also the application of technology to solve business problems
  4. Enhance confidence and employability skills

This program our clients including Westpac, AGL, Telstra, GE, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Fairfax Media, PWC, Commonwealth Bank, government bodies such as the CSIRO and not-for-profits including the Australian Business and Community Network and the Australian Computer Society Foundation. In 2017 the program will provide opportunities for 100 young women in Sydney and Melbourne to participate.

2017 Program Dates:

Sydney

  • Monday 5 June - Friday 9 June
  • Monday 14 August - Friday 18 August
  • Monday 30 October - Friday 3 November 

Melbourne

  • Monday 3 July - Friday 7 July
  • Monday 28 August - Friday 1 September
  • Monday 16 October - Friday 20 October

To apply for a position in the program click here.

“It was a very unique experience and I think it was a rare opportunity to participate in such a program. It really helped me gain an insight into a career in IT and I am more confident in studying IT as a woman.”
Student, GoIT Girls program, Melbourne 2016


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GoIT Girls participants, Sydney, 2016.
   

Inspiring young women into technology

Overview

TCS and Westpac have partnered together to inspire the next generation of young women into a career in Information Technology.

Westpac is proud to be an industry sponsor of TCS’ GoIT Girls work experience program. Run quarterly throughout the year, the program allows Year 10 girls in Sydney and Melbourne to gain an insight into the technology industry, and spend time in corporate environments such as Westpac, Telstra and AGL to understand the role of technology in a variety of business environments. This program aims to encourage young women to continue studying STEM subjects and inspire them to consider a career in IT.

GoIT Girls @ Westpac 

TCS and Westpac have designed a week long work experience program to allow girls to have practical work experience in the Group Technology team at Westpac.

Delivered over five days during the April school holidays, GoIT Girls @ Westpac is designed to enable young women who have already participated in the GoIT Girls work experience program to apply the skills they have learnt through their high school studies in the Group Technology team at Westpac.

It is a structured program that allows students to experience applications of technology at Westpac and contribute to real business issues. It will also provide them with an insight into the variety of different roles in the IT industry, whilst hearing from industry leaders at Westpac and understanding how they too can pursue a career in technology.

Eligibility

GoIT Girls @ Westpac is available for young women who have already participated in the initial Go4IT program.

Westpac’s Women in Technology

Meet Ana Cammaroto – BT Financial Group’s Chief Information Officer. Ana is passionate about empowering young women with the knowledge of what a career in technology can look like, and helping them realise the opportunities available to them in such an exciting industry.

“We are proud to be working closely with TCS to educate and inspire the next generation of young women into technology. We are committed to provide them with practical experience at Westpac so they have a better understanding about the work we do, and how they can work in such an exciting industry like ours”. Ana Cammaroto.

Applications are now open for the following program dates:

Sydney: 18 - 21 April 2017

To apply for a position in the program click here.

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GoIT Girls program participants, Sydney, 2016.

Mentoring to inspire students to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

Tata Consultancy Services is proud to partner with the Australian Business and Community Network to mentor young Australian's in STEM. The students are chosen from high-needs, disadvantaged, communities. Our people are able to transfer STEM skills to the students and act as a role model for these students. 

121 Maths Mentoring Program - Mentoring for Year 1 students who are already falling behind in Maths. The program aims to develop basic maths skills and build the student’s confidence in learning.

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Tata Consultancy Services mentor with 121 student from Guildford Primary School, Sydney 2016 

Technology Project Mentoring Program - high school students are matched with TCS mentors to complete business technology projects. The program aims to inspire students to study STEM subjects and develop employability skills.


Tata Consultancy Services mentors and with students from Cabramatta High School participating in ABCN TEAM Program, Sydney, 2016.


Outreach events to inspire students to study STEM

Tata Consultancy Services is involved in a number of outreach events that aim to inspire students to study STEM.

We are the titanium sponsor of the Big Day In. Run by the Australian Computer Society Foundation this nation-wide series of events engages approximately 8,000 Australian students who are interested in finding out more about IT careers.

In 2016, TCS was a gold sponsor of GoGirl GoforIT, a career showcase in partnership with the Victorian ICT for Women Network which aims to engage female secondary school students by introducing them to the vast range of global, lucrative and varied career options in IT.

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Supporting teachers to inspire students to study STEM

Teacher Resources

Tata Consultancy Services has developed a Careers Resource Pack for Teachers and Careers Advisors. The pack contains student activities, lesson plans, information about the various roles in the technology industry, appropriate qualifications and the average salaries.

Download the pack here.

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STEM Professionals in Schools Program

In partnership with the CSIRO

STEM professionals in Schools is a national volunteer program bringing real science, mathematics and IT into the classroom through ongoing flexible partnerships between teachers (K-12) and scientists, mathematicians and IT professionals.

Creating and supporting flexible partnerships between STEM professionals and teachers, provides access to real-world, contemporary experiences that promote understanding of the importance of STEM and inspiring students.

Tata Consultancy Services is partnering our IT professionals with Australian primary and secondary teachers.
Click here for more information about the program and to register as an IT professional.
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Watch this space!

GoIT Challenge coming soon.

Technology Leaders of the Future Forum

TCS Technology Leaders of the Future Forum gathered high-potential current and future leaders in technology for a half-day conference as part of the TCS Summit Asia Pacific 2016.

“The idea to host a forum for up and coming technology leaders as part of our Summit was a new one. We were thrilled to test this format at the TCS Summit Asia Pacific 2016. I am pleased to say it was a huge success with over 230 people participating – the majority clients. While some of the participants were young they are significant to our client relationships. Many are already managing technology projects where TCS is engaged. It is important to our industry and business that these professionals are able to connect with peers from other companies, be given the opportunity to learn about new tech trends and are retained by linking purpose to their day to day work.” Girish Ramachandran, President TCS Asia Pacific

This inaugural event aimed to encourage up and coming leaders in technology to form their own networks, keep abreast of industry trends and link their day to day work with a charitable purpose.

“Our Corporate Social Responsibility program is focused on encouraging young people into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Drop out of STEM subjects, particularly technology degrees, at university is very high. In the workforce, once we attract talent, we want to do all we can, with our clients, to ensure these professionals are nurtured, challenged and retained. STEM is not just about students – it is about supporting the entire pipeline from education into employment. This forum was created to assist with this task.” Karen Iles, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility TCS Australia and New Zealand

CIOs from TCS clients were asked to nominate high-potential team members to participate in the event. Other participants included industry and community partners, Go4IT students and TCS graduates, and TCS leadership. The result – over 230 high-potential current and future leaders in technology for a half-day conference.

“A great opportunity to hear from world class experts in technology and to meet, connect, and network with like-minded individuals who will collectively play key roles in shaping our future.” -TCS Client

Alex Tapscott, Co-author of “Blockchain Revolution” delivered the keynote address. Participants valued hearing, first hand, about Blockchain – a trend that is rapidly disrupting Australian business.

“My daughter really enjoyed the conference. We've discussing blockchain ever since!” -Father of Go4IT Student

A panel discussion on technology trends and career building involved TCS leadership, clients and community partners including representatives from GE, Woolworths, AIA and the CSIRO. Key takeaways from the panel included the importance of keeping abreast of workforce trends as these will not only impact all of us but hold vast opportunities, linking purpose to day to day work, the value in working in a cross cultural context and the challenge in attracting students to STEM careers.

“The TCS Technology Leaders of the Future Forum captured the hot technology of the moment with Alex Tapscott’s blockchain talk and offered a rare insight to the minds of technology leaders from across industry with the panel.” -TCS Client

Participants formed teams to compete in a charity challenge which involved brainstorming technology solutions to challenges faced by Australian charities including TCS community partners and pro bono clients.

“The icing on the cake for me was the charity challenge. The way our table came together to solve real problems being faced by charities was truly inspiring!” -TCS Client

In 2017 TCS Australia and New Zealand will hold a series of activities to ensure that this group of emerging technology leaders is engaged not only with TCS and each other but with Australian charities.

Pictured (from left): K Ananth Krishnan, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, TCS, Emma Milburn, Program Leader GE Digital Asia Pacific, GE, Patrick McCall, Head of Strategic IT Partnerships, Strategy and Innovation, Woolworths, Karen Iles, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, TCS Australia and New Zealand, Keith Perkins, Chief Technology Officer, AIA, Sara Falamaki, Software Engineer, CSIRO, Ashok Krish, Head of Social Media and Workforce Re-imagination Practice, TCS.