Over 900,000 jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and information and communication technology (ICT) are currently vacant in the European Union. This is mainly due to skill shortages, and is detrimental to growth and innovation across many sectors, including aerospace.
Recognising digital skills as a fundamental asset for tomorrow’s workforce, Boeing partners with NGO ThinkYoung, beginning in July 2016 with the launch of the Coding Summer School in Brussels. Students of all backgrounds are taught the basics of computer programming by prominent coding experts in a fun and inclusive environment. Software and coding skills are fundamental in developing digitalized products and services, notably in the aerospace sector. By investing in high-quality, gender-positive education such as this summer school, Boeing wants to equip, encourage and empower the next generation of aerospace visionaries.
The Coding Summer School is one of nearly thirty key corporate citizenship programmes in Europe that have been supported by Boeing. They focus on education, environment and civic engagement and aim to inspire young people in the areas of STEM and ICT. Boeing believes all students should have access to high-quality, real-world learning opportunities that will allow them to fully develop their skills.