First campus in Central Switzerland
The idea of ICT Scouts/Campus – the brainchild of a non-profit promotional association that receives both public and private backing – is as simple as it is compelling: given the acute shortage in Switzerland of professionals in the MINT subjects (maths, IT, natural sciences and technology), young ICT talents will be sought out from Year Seven in schools and given individual support on an ongoing basis. Following on from Basel, Bern, Zurich, St. Gallen and Lenzburg, Lucerne is the sixth campus seeking to identify talented young adults and motivate them to pursue a career in ICT or the MINT subjects.
The driving force behind this new initiative is the ICT Vocational Training Association of Central Switzerland, the regional umbrella association for ICT professions. It was instrumental in bringing the promotional programme to Central Switzerland and establishing the necessary contacts with stakeholders in schools and business.