How three industry giants are encouraging tomorrow's tech talent

Wed, 2014-07-16 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Council Partners are involved in ambitious efforts to train the young people who will be engineering and securing tomorrow's smart cities. Scroll down to read about initiatives by Bechtel, UST Global and Schneider Electric.

Bechtel launches initiative to strengthen U.S. cybersecurity capabilities

The Council Lead Partner Bechtel will work with two U.S. national security laboratories to fund multi-year positions for early-career professionals in cybersecurity fields. The joint effort will recruit and cultivate cybersecurity experts to strengthen networks. Bechtel will collaborate on the program with Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories to better protect America’s cyber assets.

Bechtel co-manages Los Alamos and Livermore with the University of California and other partners. Under the program, new recruits will join each of the three organizations and spend time at the other two.

“Cyber threats pose a danger to the government and the private sector. Bechtel protects assets in both areas and can uniquely join forces with two national laboratories,” said Craig Albert, president of Bechtel’s government services business unit. “When you combine the resources and expertise of our three organizations you have a program that will make significant contributions across a broad spectrum of cybersecurity areas.”

UST Global launches ambitious STEM initiative

'Step IT Up America' is a nationwide Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative recently launched by Council Associate Partner UST Global to educate and hire 5,000 minority women across the U.S. by 2020.

"The three pillars of a successful technology company are talent, innovation and diversity. Without diversity, we are unable to gather the best and brightest minds that bring unique perspectives to create meaningful solutions for the world's most pressing challenges," said Sajan Pillai, CEO of UST Global.

To date, Step IT Up America has successfully launched in five cities: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Detroit, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Schneider helps energize Brazil's favelas

A report by EnergyLiveNews highlights efforts by Council Associate Schneider Electric to help young people join the energy industry in Brazil. It says Schneider helps implement courses in electrical engineering through a non-profit organisation based in Sao Paulo that supports young people from low-income families. A Schneider official said at least 15,000 young people have received technical training since 2009.

“They have certification, they can look for a job and they can help those low-income households or favelas or underprivileged people build a safe installation," said Tania Cosentino, Zone President South America for Schneider Electric.