Experts estimate that 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 have not been invented yet*. While we may not know exactly what these jobs will entail, we do know that they will have a technological or scientific component, and will call on indispensable skills such as creativity, computational thinking, team spirit and critical thinking. Since most children who start school now will be looking for jobs in a new work landscape, it’s important that kids begin building the skills they will need in this new workplace.
Based on these findings, Ubisoft's Quebec studios (Montréal, Québec, Saguenay) unveiled Ubisoft Education in November 2018. Designed to prepare young Quebecers for the careers of the future, the program has three objectives: first, to attract more young people to science-related fields, such as technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); second, to support the development of young people's skills in these disciplines; and third, to diversify Quebec's pool of technological talent.
Thanks to partnerships with a dozen organizations specializing in education, the program now benefits more than 30,000 young Quebecers, both in-school and through extracurricular activities. ‘Ubisoft Education’ has designed programming workshops, e-mentoring, video game creation, and a variety of other initiatives that will ignite the spark of STEM for elementary and secondary school students and inspire the next generation to achieve their ambitions at university.
The program's strength comes from the commitment of nearly 300 employees from studios in Montreal, Quebec City and Saguenay who are actively involved as mentors and speakers. They help pass on their expertise and passion for science and technology to young people in projects such as Youth Fusion, the Game Lab Competition and Academos, among others.
With the launch of Ubisoft Education, the Quebec studios have breathed new life into the work begun in 2004 with Ubisoft Campus and other educational initiatives the group has introduced over the years. Between 2015 and 2022, more than $12 million will have been invested in education by Ubisoft and thousands of hours of employee involvement will have been devoted to initiatives for the next generation.
For more information on the program, visit the Ubisoft Education page.
*Report from Dell Technologies and the Institute For The Future (IFTF) - May 2017