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TMT Predictions Schools Challenge: fun and games tackle the skills shortage

Our TMT Predictions Schools Challenge aims to get young people fired up about a career in science, technology, engineering and maths

Skills shortages in the UK mean that 43 per cent of professional vacancies in science, research, engineering and technology are increasingly hard to fill. And with too few students opting to study related subjects such as science and maths at A Level, this skills gap will likely continue for years to come.

That’s why inspiring the next generation to study science, technology, engineering and maths, and getting them fired up about a career in technology, media and telecoms (TMT) is vital. The skills gap is major issue that affects many of our clients, and we're tackling it head on with our innovative TMT Predictions Schools Challenge.

Every year we challenge pupils from our Deloitte Access schools to create a game-changing business or product that answers a brief based on our annual TMT Predictions research. Access is our education programme designed to raise aspiration and provide opportunities for students in low-income communities. The students work in teams, supported by volunteer coaches from our TMT business, to come up with all kinds of creative, yet viable ideas. They're encouraged to develop their concept further at each round of the competition, based on feedback from the coaches, judges and Deloitte Digital. Final judging is done by a panel of clients and a senior TMT partner from Deloitte.

For the young people involved, it's a chance to explore new industries, develop their business skills, and show an audience of industry experts what they can do. For one team, it meant an introduction that could lead to their idea being developed for real. For our people, it's a chance to share their expertise and inspire the next generation of TMT leaders. Our clients have the opportunity to take part and make a difference.

One teacher sums up the challenge:

It has brought out the leadership skills [of students], boosted all of their confidence and self-esteem, and made them realise that hard work leads to results. All of the students come from difficult circumstances. I cannot begin to explain how positively it will affect their futures.

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