The Arconic Foundation and Academos are joining forces to promote the potential and accessibility of careers in the aeronautics and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields thanks to funds allocated from the Arconic Foundation to the sum of 40 000 USD over a period of two years.
With its association to Academos, the Arconic Foundation seeks to encourage young people to develop careers in the aeronautics and STEM fields by giving them the resources to develop an interest for them. Since Quebec is in dire need of a new workforce to bear the torch in the specialized STEM fields, it has become imperative to create interest in them at a young age. According to statistics provided in the Stratégie québécoise de la recherche et de l’innovation du Gouvernement du Québec, 80% of young people are turning away from the STEM fields.
Arconic’s employees are invited to become volunteer mentors on the Academos platform. “The new group of mentors at Arconic will guide young people towards changing their perceptions of the many technical and scientific careers available in the aerospace industry,” says Marie Christine Vernier, HR Manager. “Academos is very invested in finding emerging professionals in this sector. Indeed, an Angus Reid Vision Critical study revealed that only 4% of young people believe that scientists are cool,” adds Catherine Légaré, president and founder of Academos. “We are very happy to establish this partnership with Arconic, a company which is very active in the STEM fields.”
Several strategies will be implemented to carry out this project:
- Recruiting over 50 STEM mentors, 20 of which from Arconic (Laval factories);
- Developing and presenting a digital advertisement campaign in order to shed light on jobs in the STEM fields at the Laval schools;
- Reaching out to 15 new professionals in schools and communities in the Laval region to promote Academos to their students;
- Uploading a page about Arconic on the Academos website.
About the Arconic Foundation
Arconic creates revolutionary and industry-transforming products to champion our clients’ greatest challenges — those which require proficient engineering, ingenuity and technical expertise. The Arconic Foundation upholds this mission in preparing the workforce of tomorrow by promoting the existence of successful and gratifying careers which push the manufacturing industry to new frontiers, while ensuring a strong and long-lasting workforce today.
The main goal of the Arconic Foundation is to inspire progress in education and the development of skills in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields on an international scale with a special focus on the inclusion of all persons from groups who are currently under-represented or not given the opportunity to thrive. Furthermore, we are helping to change how people perceive the manufacturing industry by creating enthusiasm towards enriching career opportunities offered to a new generation of talented workers. The Arconic Foundation works with our non-profit partners, who employ a host of graduates, from professional and technical training programs to the most advanced digital and robotics fields, to give students an unprecedented view of the wide variety of STEM careers available to them. Our support contributes to building cutting-edge skills and practical experience which open doors towards economic opportunities for both individuals and communities all over the world.