February 25, 2021
As a business, our growth has been driven by the power of technology. But growth doesn’t happen without people. And our people are at the heart of everything we do.
Our platforms, which today connects millions of customers with over 205,000 restaurants in 23 countries across the world, were built by young, bright minds motivated by a process of trial, error, and trial again. Over the years, our team has got a whole lot bigger and today we operate one of the largest online food delivery networks in the world.
In line with this, we want to ensure we’re doing all we can to inspire and give back to the young talent of today, and return to our roots in fostering the innovation of tomorrow.
Since launching our STEM programme in the UK in 2018, we’ve made non-stop progress. Over the past two years, we’ve built an award-winning team of more than 150 STEM Ambassadors. We’ve worked with 55 schools and organisations, attending over 75 events and reaching more than 33,500 young people to inspire and educate them about careers in technology.
We recognise that we as a business, and other technology companies like us, have a responsibility to open up opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to groups who have been historically under-represented in these fields.
Our STEM programme has had a particular focus on preparing pupils from a diverse range of backgrounds for careers in the digital sector. We want to ensure the door remains open for everyone; no matter who you are or where you come from.
This is why we were delighted to support Colorintech’s Black Tech Fest event in October where we were able to speak to young people about building careers in technology and share advice on different routes into the sector through a virtual STEM panel with some of our talented colleagues and ambassadors.
Clearly the Coronavirus pandemic, and the resulting lockdown, has led to new challenges not just for our business but for wider society in general. With research suggesting that the closure of schools in recent months has led to a widening of educational disparities, we know that this is no time to take our foot off the pedal. Over the last few months, we’ve worked really hard to move our STEM programme online.
Looking ahead, we will be planning and executing more exciting initiatives in this space to encourage young people to progress further in STEM subjects and help nurture the next generation of tech talent.
You can watch our STEM panel session here
Written by Just Eat