Amazon launches programme to inspire the next generation of computer scientists
Amazon has launched Amazon Future Engineer in the UK to help close the computer science skills gap. Research shows that the UK needs 21,000 more computer science graduates every year, or the economy could lose out on an estimated £33 billion a year by 2030 (from research commissioned by Amazon from Capital Economics).
Amazon Future Engineer is a childhood-to-career programme to enable more students – especially those from lower-income communities – access to computer science education. The programme will give 10,000 primary school pupils the opportunity to take part in free robotics workshops at Amazon fulfilment centres, over the next two years.
Amazon is also working with the education charity Teach First to support the recruitment and training of 50 secondary school computer science teachers and the development of over 200 careers leader.
In addition, Amazon is funding 120 apprenticeships in software development engineering, automation and advanced mechatronics, as well as funding 20 bursaries for students studying computer science at UK universities.
“Research shows the UK needs 21,000 more computer science graduates on average, every year, to meet the demands of the digital economy,” said Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon. “By making computer science skills more widely accessible from childhood to career, we hope Amazon Future Engineer will inspire and empower young people, regardless of their background, to take up careers in computer science.”
For further information, visit www.amazonfutureengineer.co.uk
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