Kubrick collaborates with Microsoft to deliver a voluntary education initiative, the Digital Future program, live in schools.
Kubrick collaborated with Microsoft’s EduConnect team to create and deliver a series of educational outreach days designed to educate and inspire the next generation of data and technology leaders, utilizing the content from Microsoft's Digital Future program.
Kubrick piloted the program in London, expanding Kubrick’s outreach into diverse communities around their London HQ office. Taking place across a week, the program engaged over 120 students program, focusing on the principles and practices of Big Data and aimed to inspire, educate, and provide tangible advice to students looking to forge a career in technology.
Joanna Bottino-Jones, UK Head of Channel Alliance, said: “We are proud to be working with Microsoft to deliver and educate students who are interested in pursuing a career in technology. It is so important to be reaching students at this crucial stage, ahead of determining their career path. Working with Microsoft we can deliver hands on training to students who are at the start of their professional careers, driving diversity and bridging the digital skills emergency, through connecting with students from all backgrounds and walks of life.”
Lessons were delivered by Kubrick consultants during their 15-week training period, who used this opportunity to hone their leadership and communication skills, with the support of senior staff from across Kubrick HQ.
Reflecting on the experience, Stefania Constantin, Kubrick Data Product consultant said: “Volunteering to teach students was an invaluable experience. As a professional training within the tech industry, it was a rewarding experience to share my knowledge and expertise, whilst gaining first-hand communication skills which will help better equip me in the future when working with clients and delivering pitches.”
Kubrick exists to help solve the global technology skills emergency, through cultivating and fostering diverse talent. As a Gold Partner of Microsoft, Kubrick is working to bridge the technology gap, making technology skills more accessible and driving social mobility by getting students from underrepresented backgrounds into technology roles. Kubrick has ambitious plans to continue this relationship in the future, reaching and motivating more students across the UK.
Kubrick organized the pilot in tandem with Business Education Events, Waltham Forest Council, and the Mayor of London to fund the program. Collaborating closely with the team at Microsoft, they will look to roll out this pilot elsewhere, and continue working with Kubrick to deliver it across schools.
Farhan Mukadam, Pathway Leader at Sir Monoux College, said: “The training Kubrick delivered, working with Microsoft, was engaging and relevant to the curriculum being taught at present. Kubrick consultants were informative and got students active and excited about Big Data. Having Kubrick at our college was beneficial and we would welcome them back in the future!”
A student from Leyton Sixth Form said: “These activities really helped me think about career and job opportunities that are available for me.”