TCS UK&I’s IT Futures program intends to reconnect young people with an innate enthusiasm for technology to their roots. The program engages students at critical stages in education --from the secondary to the university level--and helps educators deliver effective training and relevant skills in the IT field.
TCS Digital Explorers – Experience Work is the flagship program of IT Futures. In the past three years, TCS Digital Explorers has been inspiring the next generation of STEM experts offering young people an insight into the world of work in the digital industries. During its third edition in Liverpool, Bristol, London, Birmingham and Peterborough, the project offered real-life insights into the tech industry to over 1,600 students aged 12-18 and by the end of 2019, the program is set to reach over 3,000 young people. During the events, participants had the opportunity of listening to stories and advice from experts in the field, learning digital and employability skills, and networking with TCS employees. Since it was first launched in 2017, this flagship program run by the corporate sustainability team has grown in scale and ambition. In autumn 2019, Manchester will host TCS Digital Explorers for the first time, joining Liverpool, Bristol, London, Peterborough, Birmingham and Edinburgh, in the list of cities that the program reaches.
Since 2013, IT Futures has reached over 500,000 pupils across the UK thanks to the time that TCS employees have dedicated to this program. To promote digital skills, TCS also runs digital workshops in more than 30 schools. Additionally, TCS supports the Big Bang Fair that is the largest celebration for young scientists and engineers in the UK, and in 2018, TCS launched the competition TCS Digital Innovators with First News, a UK newspaper for children.