Digital Explorers aims to nurture the digital talent of tomorrow across the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Despite its place as one of the leading global economies, inequality is still an issue in Great Britain – with girls and those from marginalized communities most impacted by a lack of equal access to education and opportunity.
This is demonstrated clearly in the science and technology industry – where women and those from marginalized communities continue to be underrepresented, even though there are currently more job opportunities that require a digital skillset than candidates skilled enough to fill them.
While some might see this as a problem, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) recognized an opportunity – and launched a 5-day, hands-on learning program called Digital Explorers to encourage school children from underrepresented communities to consider pursuing a career in STEM fields.
During the immersive learning program, volunteers from TCS challenge schoolkids to team up and find a technological solution to real problems facing their communities – like homelessness, addiction, and anxiety.
Digital Explorers has reached more than 10,000 young people across 200 schools in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
One program participant was Amirah, who joined over 200 students at a Digital Explorers event in which she learned skills in AI, Big Data, and the Internet of Things.
“Digital Explorers really helped me understand the importance of digital skills – and how critical they are for young people like me if we want to have a successful career after school,” says Amirah. “This opportunity inspired me to develop personal as well as professional skills that equipped and inspired me to apply for an industrial placement at TCS.”