The Cognizant Foundation has announced £1.1 million ($1.3 million) in grants to five organizations working across the UK.
This will connect individuals from historically excluded and underserved backgrounds with opportunities to develop in-demand STEM skills and gain access to tech careers.
The organisations receiving grants are: Code First Girls, The Forces Employment Charity (TechVets), The Prince’s Trust, Raspberry Pi Foundation and Social Mobility Foundation.
Rob Walker, President of Global Growth Markets at Cognizant said, “To be successful in an evolving global economy, individuals must have an equitable opportunity to develop digital and STEM skills, as well as necessary support to enter—and stay—in industries like tech.”
“Our foundation’s investment in these five organizations reflects Cognizant’s steadfast commitment to advancing economic mobility and expanding access to high-quality tech training and STEM education in communities across the globe”, Rob Walker added.
These new grants build on the foundation’s initial UK investments made last year, all with the goal of providing life-changing opportunities for students and jobseekers.
The UK grantmaking is part of Cognizant’s broader global CSR commitment to engineer impact for good through initiatives that advance economic mobility, educational opportunity, diversity and inclusion, and health and well-being in communities around the world.
Building the STEM Pipeline of Tomorrow, Today
STEM education is best implemented early in one’s childhood, which is why organizations that partner at a local level may hold the key to equipping young learners with the skills and tools to realize their full potential.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) recently found that interest in STEM courses has seen unprecedented growth in the UK, including in subjects such as computer science and engineering—and organizations like the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
A new Cognizant Foundation grantee partner is dedicated to providing computer science and STEM educators with the resources needed to provide students with the high-quality education that is invaluable when exploring STEM-related fields later in life.
Expanding Equitable Pathways into STEM Careers
Reports show that Covid-19 has widened not only the existing racial wealth gap but also the systemic gaps in education and earning potential that are driven by gender and geography.
Furthermore, social mobility tends to be more limited in the UK compared to other European countries—signaling less opportunity for the pandemic’s negative trends to be corrected in the long term.
Recognising these challenges, organisations are working to diversify talent pipelines and equip individuals of all backgrounds across the UK with the means to explore and break into sustainable, fulfilling careers in high-demand fields like technology.
Leading charities and Cognizant Foundation grantee partners Code First Girls, The Prince’s Trust, Social Mobility Foundation and TechVets work on a localised basis to support both students and professionals, scaling new pathways to economic freedom and social mobility for underrepresented groups.