Promoting diversity through inspirational learning opportunities and events
Too few women pursue STEM-based careers. According to the UK Office for National Statistics, women made up just 12.4 per cent of programmers and software developers in 2018. But in our experience, it’s diverse teams of experts that deliver the best results.
That’s why our Women in Tech team works tirelessly to organise learning opportunities and events that actively diversify the digital industry and challenge misconceptions that stop women pursuing careers in technology.
To increase diversity in digital jobs, we’ve partnered with Code First: Girls (CFG), a social enterprise aiming to teach 20,000 more women to code by the end of 2020. Together, we run nine-week web development and Python programming classes for beginner and experienced coders, respectively.
Watch the video below to go behind the scenes of the Introduction to Web Development course.
12.4% of programmers and software developers are female*
600,000 tech vacancies in the UK**
£63bn per year lost due to the digital skills gap***
*Office for National Statistics, dataset EMP04, September 2018
**Tech London Advocates, Diversity in Tech Manifesto, 2018
***Science and Technology Commons Select Committee 2016
Tanika is one of the PA digital experts teaching coding courses at our London office. But she didn’t always want a career in tech – in fact, she studied film at university. That all changed when she found Code First: Girls.