IT is one of the most under-represented
and least taught academic subjects in
the United States and Canada. At the
same time, the demand for high school
graduates with skills in programming and
computer science is at an all-time high.
To fill this gap, our organization aims to
facilitate the introduction of computer science
to kids in primary, middle and high schools,
so that they can dive into the amazing world
of computer science from age 10. Like
learning languages, we believe that it is
crucial to start at an early age as that is when
our minds are most open to new concepts.
Below are some facts and figures that
highlight the need for schools in North
America to adopt computer science
programs and curriculums on a large scale:
- In 2020, 1 million programming jobs will
potentially go vacant in North America.
- According to IDC, Canada had 54,000
unoccupied jobs related to technology
and computer programming in 2015.
This will rise to 182,000 by 2019.
- New Brunswick will end up with 2,200 unfilled
jobs in the ICT sector over the next 5 years.
- In less than 5 years, a staggering
60% of jobs will be computer related.
- 20% of careers in 5 to 10 years do not exist yet.
- Today, less than 2% of university students
choose computer science programs.
To illustrate, in 2014, only 108 students
were recruited by Procter & Gamble, General
Motors and Dow Chemical. 30 years earlier,
they had recruited 340 graduates. Why?
Our youth no longer graduate with the
skills that these companies are looking for.
A third of Canadian IT companies have
confirmed that there are not enough qualified
Canadians to fill job openings and they must hire
workers from overseas to fill these positions.
Our mission is to equip the next generation of
innovators with the skills to build a better future!