Engaging school children in the opportunities of STEM education
By providing a supportive framework for young people thinking about their career options, we hope to inspire students to be curious and confident about pursuing a career in technology.
At Suncorp, our Technology, Data & Labs team is driven by ideas: supporting the strategic development of ground-breaking innovation in technology. Central to this commitment is a series of events, programs and initiatives which provide school-age children practical insights into a career in technology.
Chief Information Officer at Suncorp, Sarah Harland is passionate about the role our STEM program plays in shaping the next generation of tech industry leaders.
“We are always looking for the best talent in technology, and one of the ways we can ensure there is a pipeline of talent in the industry is to engage with pupils before they start to make decisions around which subjects they’ll focus on,” Harland says.
Suncorp’s STEM program showcases the diverse career pathways in the technology industries, as well as the opportunities we offer as part of our industry-leading internship and graduate programs. By providing a supportive framework for young people thinking about their career options while showing some of the career pathways on offer at Suncorp, we’re hoping to inspire students to be curious and confident about pursuing a career in technology.
“It’s a real honour to be able to do something you love every day and I hope that our programs and initiatives around STEM will inspire some of our young participants to pursue careers in technology,” she continues.
One of the overarching aims for the Technology, Data & Labs team is to build a pipeline of graduate talent for the future, something Harland is championing as these skills continue to become more highly sought-after.
By giving students exposure to working in technology” Harland says, “we are giving them insights that most young people don’t have at that age, around the types of roles available, and what a career in STEM could look like.Sarah Harland, Chief Information Officer at Suncorp
“As part of our STEM program, pupils can build an app, assemble a robot and learn about cyber awareness – all of these are great ways to show young adults the types of jobs that are becoming increasingly important. We also hold kids coding camps to give children an exciting introduction to coding, as well as a high school STEM program that can help guide pupils as they reach the end of their school careers and make decisions about their next steps. It’s great to be able to give children access to Suncorp’s technology, our resources, and our people, who can share their own stories and passion for technology.”
“STEM runs a host of events, programs and initiatives that give children opportunities to not only learn about technology, but to gain a sense of how they can align their skills and interests to become the innovators of tomorrow,” Harland said.