QA Apprenticeships has launched a career podcast series helping young people just starting out in the world of work to “future-proof” their job prospects. The FutureProof Careers podcast assesses today’s job market, raises important career questions and helps young people set themselves up now for future career success.
QA is a specialist, we work in technology, digital business, that’s been our heritage for 25 years, and we started diversifying into apprenticeships and higher education about 10 years ago. We’ve now got 5,500 apprentices on the programme and the interesting thing about that, and I think this is driven by the sector we serve, is about 1500 of those are on Level 4 programmes, so higher apprenticeships and now about 400 of those are degree apprenticeships.
QA and @Stemettes launch a series of free STEM Certification Academies to debunk myths and equip young women with the skills and certifications needed for a career in the Tech sector QA, one of the UK’s leading digital education and skills providers, has revealed that 53% of young women are keen to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), but that over three quarters, 78%, are put off by gender barriers. Nearly half of women aged 16-20, 44%, feel that an insufficient number of female role models or mentors is a barrier to a STEM career, 37% of women feel that they would not have the same opportunities as a male colleague, and nearly a third, 29%, do not feel confident enough in a male dominated environment. The research, commissioned by QA, amongst 500 women aged 16-24 in the UK, also reveals that many are put off a career in STEM, as one third, 33%, believe it is too boring, 29% don’t understand what STEM careers are available and 16% felt that a STEM career is more suitable to men.This research shows that more work needs to be done to showcase the opportunities and the value of a career in STEM, break down gender barriers and debunk outdated myths. To address the challenge, QA has joined forces with Stemettes, a social enterprise which encourages girls aged 5-25 to pursue a STEM career. As part of the first ‘Stemettes Certification Academy’, QA will offer free facilities, technology skills training and certifications to 10 young women (aged 16-20), all from a diverse set of backgrounds, but aspiring to pursue a STEM career. This initial pilot programme will take place at QA’s flagship training centre in St Katherine’s Dock, starting on 23rdOctober 2019. Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, CEO & Co-founder, Stemettes, said:
QA ANNOUNCES NEW ADDITION TO SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM QA, one of the UK’s leading digital education and skills providers, today announced the appointment of Srikanth Iyengar to its Executive Committee reporting into CEO Paul Geddes. Iyengar will start in the role from 1st November 2019 and will work with Geddes to shape QA’s growth and expansion plans – with full backing and investment from QA’s owners CVC Capital Partners.
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