April 25, 2018

Tata Consultancy Services and Toronto School Board help equip students for jobs of the future

TORONTO | MUMBAI: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation, in partnership with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), will convene 125 students from 15 schools to compete in its annual goIT competition at the Shangri-La Hotel. TCS and TDSB have been working together since the 2014 launch of the goIT program and to date have engaged more than 6,000 students.

TCS’ goIT program helps to inspire students to learn new technology skills essential to modernising and transforming every single industry. TCS facilitates this through programing that includes design thinking skills and hands-on coding and robotics experience.

The contest being held today is a culminating event, which brings together grade eight and nine students who have participated in the goIT program over the last year. The grade eight students will compete in a hands-on robotics challenge, while those in grade nine have been tasked with designing a health and wellness app. TCS has even offered to support the winning team in further developing their app.

John Chasty, superintendent of education, TDSB, said, “Through our work with TCS, we have been able to provide our students with unique learning experiences that help to inspire an interest in STEM careers. TCS has proven to be a dedicated partner and we are thrilled to continue working with them to help prepare our students for the jobs of the future.”

Through its many partnerships, TCS’ goIT program has engaged students in 18 cities across Canada. More recently, goIT has been empowering more girls, Indigenous Canadians and other under-represented groups to strengthen their tech acumen.

Soumen Roy, head, TCS Canada, said, “As a top global IT services company operating in Canada, Tata Consultancy Services sees STEM education as vital to the community and our future operations. We are committed to doing our part to help equip students with the skills they need to future-proof their 21st century careers and steward Canada’s competitiveness on the world stage.”

Balaji Ganapathy, head, workforce effectiveness, TCS North America, said, “Engaging students in authentic, relevant and contextual STEM education opportunities is crucial in preparing them for future technology careers in a Business 4.0 era. We are excited about the success of our ongoing partnership with TDSB and its impact on students, educators and schools. TCS looks forward to building on this foundation in the future.”