Future Foundations is delighted to announce our partnership with “MINT Zukunft schaffen!”

By December 1, 2020 Front Page, News

Future Foundations is delighted to announce our partnership with “MINT Zukunft schaffen!”

“MINT Zukunft schaffen” is an association of German employers based in Berlin. It was founded in 2008 and addresses the existing shortage of skilled workers in the German economy, in the field of scientific and technical professions. The aim of the business initiative is also to expand and strengthen education in mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology (MINT subjects – STEM in the UK). The founder and chairman is the former HR director of Deutsche Telekom AG, Thomas Sattelberger, and the patron is Chancellor Angela Merkel.

At Future Foundations we design and deliver pioneering training programmes and experiences for young people between the ages of 7 and 24 globally and for teachers and adults who want to inspire the next generation. We partner with leading organisations from the third, private, and public sector who share our vision and mission.

Together, we will bring the GetIT programme to Germany. The aim of GetIT is to encourage girls to consider a career in technology and challenge gender stereotypes within the industry. In groups, 12-14 year old students come up with an app idea that will help solve real problems in their school or community.

This year GetIT will take place in Germany for the first time, and is also being delivered in England, Scotland and Ireland.

The GetIT programme takes place during the school year and begins with a kick-off event for 7th and 8th grade teachers and students to officially launch the programme. An ambassador who works in the technology industry will deliver an assembly at the school that will focus on the wealth of opportunities for women in IT.

After this event, students will be asked to create an app that focuses on solving problems in their school or community and use it to compete against other schools! Materials (workbooks) are available for students and teachers.

In October and November, participants once again receive detailed help for their app idea, as well as active support from specialists from the IT industry and their GetIT ambassador. They have the opportunity to learn about the different types of technologies and career options in the technical field and how to best design and plan their app.

In the new year, schools receive a final visit from their GetIT ambassador to see how they can still be supported before the final app draft is submitted to the competition.

"We are very happy to welcome our new friends, Future Foundations from the UK, to our MINT initiative. Since 2008 we have been strengthening MINT in Germany. We have put spotlights on important topics, awarded schools, and coordinated voluntary MINT ambassadors. We are pleased that we can bring the GetIT programme to Germany with Future Foundations."

Benjamin Gesing, "MINT Zukunft schaffen!"

“We are delighted to partner with "MINT Zukunft schaffen!", to help us to understand the needs of schools and young people in Germany, and to be able to draw on their expertise to enable us to share the GetIT programme with schools. We share a mission, to support young people to make a successful transition from education into work, and to close the skills gap, and are excited to collaborate on this life-changing initiative."

Jonathan Harper, CEO of Future Foundations

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