The CALOM project is a careers education programme that will use the increasing international interest in humans traveling to and living on Mars as a metaphor through which young people can meet and collaborate with people from sectors such as space, construction, design, engineering, architecture, psychology, science, and digital technology in order to:

  • Explore the impact and gain an up-to-date perspective on how career opportunities across a wide range of sectors are changing due to the application of digital technology

  • Explore career opportunities in sectors that they may be interested in and some they may not have yet considered

  • Find out about Higher Education and Higher and degree level apprenticeship progression opportunities

  • Address any concerns they may have about going to university or starting an apprenticeship

  • Develop and demonstrate their personal qualities and skills through working as part of a team


The CALOM project aligns to the following Gatsby Career Benchmarks[1]:

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education

CALOM will also give young people the opportunity to explore how digital technology, Industry 4.0[2] and advanced manufacturing systems are transforming the nature of career and training opportunities across many sectors such as the engineering, space and the construction.


CALOM also gives students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate the softer skills and competencies that will be valued in the future workplace[3]:

  • Being able to clearly articulate exactly which problem needs solving

  • Assessing which approaches and tools to use in which circumstances to solve problems

  • Complex problem solving

  • Critical thinking

  • Creativity

  • Communicating and coordinating with others

  • Emotional intelligence

  • Judgement and decision making

  • Negotiation





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