develop’s STEM Pledge.

develop’s STEM Pledge.

Working in technology, every day we see the skills gap. With only 27% of women considering a career in technology, develop recognises the importance of investing in children and young people from a young age in order to help bridge the tech skills gap and pipeline issues faced globally today.

The UK’s tech skills gap could be solved today, if we had the same number of women as men in tech.

We are proud to be a strategic partner of, Tech She Can, a charity dedicated to increasing the number of women working in technology. They aim to inspire women and girls to study technology careers so they have an equal opportunity to participate in jobs of the future.

In 2022:

We’re proud to be in partnership with Canon Barnett Primary School where we’ll donate money per placement made this financial year to help our local community.

This partnership will help to bridge the socioeconomic and gender gaps faced by local children and help fuel future software engineering talent pipelines by donating £25 to the school for every placement made. Based on 2021/22 figures, this will amount to a massive donation going directly towards STEM education in the form of toys, learning platforms, and equipment.

Sarah Bellerby, Head Teacher at Canon Barnett:

“ We are really thrilled to be a part of this amazing project. We feel extremely grateful that the develop team reached out to our school. This unique opportunity means that we can carefully plan our curriculum to motivate the pupils to learn about software engineering using high-quality stem toys.

I think the vision of develop is very powerful, if the seed is planted early children will feel inspired to learn and this will hopefully direct them to explore their interests further as they move through their educational journey and future career. Our children at Canon Barnett need experiences like this, I am really excited to see where it will take us! 


Kevin Hammond, CEO at develop:

With STEM jobs projected to grow by 10 percent in the next five to ten years, and those in software development at an even more astonishing rate, it is imperative that we give younger generations the right tools to succeed in an increasingly digital world. Unfortunately, many educational platforms fail to give children the full scope of jobs that are available to them, to the detriment of modern industries.

Joey Tait, Managing Director at develop:

That is why we are proud to be partnering with Canon Barnett Primary School to provide greater opportunities in software engineering and a broader understanding of what a career in the space might entail. We’re hoping this partnership shows the pupils of Canon Barnett the potential and possibilities they have and inspires them that they each have the chance to change the world.

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Hear from Canon Barnett’s Head Teacher here: