I’m delighted to announce that Hitachi Data Systems is working with Beaconsfield High School on a programme which aims to support the next generation of scientists, technologists and business people. HDS is partnering with the school to encourage the uptake of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and careers amongst its pupils through competitions and work experience.
With the growth of digital innovation and big data, the job market has undergone an immense transformation in recent years; new career paths are being created every day and the required skill sets are constantly changing and evolving. The digital tech sector is growing more than 32pc faster than the wider economy, and is creating jobs 2.8 times faster, too.1
Currently the digital skills gap is costing the UK economy an estimated £63 billion a year in lost additional GDP2, and Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture recently said “Post-Brexit, we need to make sure that new tech inventions and tech companies come from Britain. We already have a thriving tech ecosystem… boosting our digital economy further will benefit all companies, big and small.”3
Therefore the best way we can ensure our businesses continue to adapt and thrive, is to create a resilient workforce, equipped with technological and digital skills which will enable innovation in the digital economy. It is essential that the next generation are made aware of the diverse and great opportunities that are out there and open to them, and understand that STEM subjects are so vital for these new and evolving careers.
As part of the current programme with Beaconsfield High School, students from years 10 and 12 have been taking part in a project to produce large murals themed around ‘Social Innovation’. Yesterday, as part of this year’s project, I attended an assembly where I was presented with the winning murals, which I am proud to say will be exhibited locally at Hitachi Data System’s European Headquarters in Stoke Poges. The murals showcased two amazing and different interpretations by the teams: one highlighting global reach and impact with inputs from multiple industries and the second depicted a variety business activities with connections to people, the environment and industry.
I’m also thrilled to invite the teams responsible for the winning murals to come and spend time with HDS on a work experience engagement over 3 days, to learn more about the business, the variety of careers available in STEM subjects and what it is like to work in a fast-paced and technology driven world.
In the UK we are embracing the digital economy and the increase in demand for STEM skills will grow alongside it as a result. We, as part of the private sector, have an important role to play to support the education system and to inspire the next young scientists, data analysts and engineers who will help build a strong pipeline of talent to recruit from in the future. This is why our programme with Beaconsfield High School is so important to us and personally I’m proud of the work HDS is doing to help ensure that the UK and HDS continue to lead the way in innovation and skills.
Lynn Collier, Chief Operating Officer, UK&I Hitachi Data Systems