SAP and Thinq Group say they aim to scale participation from parents, teachers and students in targeted youth education programs designed to equip young Australians with the skills they need to compete in an increasingly global and digital economy.
“Together with a growing list of industry and education advocates, SAP believes we can make a significant and lasting difference in Australia’s talent landscape, taking on both youth unemployment and a widening ICT skills gap,” said John Ruthven, President and Managing Director, SAP Australia and New Zealand.
“Now with the support of Thinq Group, we are ready to scale on the foundation of a proven platform – of engaging youth early, often and meaningfully with technology and work experience.”
“I commend SAP for their leadership in providing free programs like Young ICT Explorers to schools and young people to promote STEM pathways. We look forward to working collaboratively with SAP and partners to bridge the STEM attraction gap and tackle youth unemployment by promoting careers in ICT.”
Through the partnership, Thinq Group says it will focus on channelling Australia’s growing interest in Young ICT Explorers, a not-for-profit youth technology challenge founded by SAP and offered to schools at no cost to encourage students to create their best digital projects.
The competition’s alignment with the school curriculum enables students to apply what they learn in their ICT/Digital Technologies classroom to develop a technology related project of their choice. At the judging event students have the opportunity to present their project to a judging panel of academia, industry partners and ICT professionals, with each project is assessed on the criteria of creativity, uniqueness, quality, level of difficulty and project documentation.
This year, the competition is expanding to seven states and territories in Australia, with South Australia added to the program. Nine Young ICT Explorer competitions will be held across New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and New Zealand, as well as an Australian national final.
Thinq Group will also support SAP as it scales youth-education programs with its strategic local corporate social responsibility partners - The Smith Family and Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.