As part of TCS’ national IT Futures programme, we partner with MyKindaFuture to give young people a better idea of how digital skills can help them in their careers. To further improve the experience of our students, we have launched the Digital Explorer Hub, a single platform on MyKindaFuture for all digital interactions.

The hub allows users – which we also call explorers – to create an online profile, build their CV and hear from both TCS and other explorers on best practice, advice and tips. The single sign-in platform also allows the students to arrange work experience, take part in online challenges and enter competitions with the chance of winning exclusive prizes such as exclusive work placements and the opportunity to attend exciting industry award shows. There is also an online chat tool allowing all explorers to interact with experts in real-time.

Our aim for the platform is to give users in-depth career insights and extend the benefits of our programme beyond the classroom, offering events, workshops and invaluable knowledge as they begin to think about which career path they would like to take.

Through our work with MyKindaFuture, we have worked with hundreds of schools across the country, recruited 15 students onto the TCS’ MISSION YOU work experience programme and hosted seven online challenges with more than 600 participants.

Technology is now central to everything we do and TCS is challenging schools, universities, industry and the not-for-profit sector to help show young people how they can contribute to the digital worlds they inhabit. At TCS, we believe it is up to us to work with young people to encourage, as well as demonstrate, the value of a career in STEM.

The importance of tech to the UK economy and the need for a diverse and well-educated talent pool can’t be underestimated. Igniting that interest at key stages in young people’s education is at the heart of our TCS IT Futures programme.

Since 2013, our IT Futures programme has helped reach over 60,000 young people and visited more than 600 schools across the UK. It has harnessed young people’s innate enthusiasm for technology and opened up exciting opportunities such as IT challenges, coding competitions and application design contests.

Find out more about our work with MyKindaFuture here and for further information on the IT Futures programme, please visit our website, here.