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PA OPINION

Announcing our partnership with Code First Girls

We are thrilled to announce our Women in Tech network have partnered with Code First Girls to sponsor 15 places on their 13-week CFGdegree. The CFGdegree is an intensive industry-aligned, free learning program training women into career pathways in software, data and full-stack web development. Our partnership will not only provide these women with free education, but also offer them full-time roles working at PA Consulting on completion. Our collaboration will play a significant role in the education and training of women in tech, and also in providing job opportunities and work experience at the end of the CFGdegree. Together with Code First Girls, we are driving change to diversify the workforce and increase the number of women working in the tech industry.

Both organisations are dedicated to supporting initiatives that encourage women to pursue a technical career. The partnership will enable PA’s Women in Tech network to build a diverse tech talent pipeline, supporting PA’s own offering, through continued coding courses, career changer schemes and community meetups. The collaboration provides PA’s Women in Tech network with the opportunity to support women who wish to return to, or make a career change into, the tech industry.

Anna Brailsford, CEO, Code First Girls added: “We are incredibly proud of our partnership with PA Consulting, to provide women across the UK with training and full-time employment with a respected and ambitious employer. Code First Girls is committed to giving women a fair advantage, and the support from PA Consulting helps us to continue teaching over 60,000 women how to code for free.”

About PA’s Women in Tech

We're a passionate team of women from across the firm who use our experience to ensure the future of technology is more diverse, inclusive and benefits everyone. We do this by providing learning and development opportunities, such as coding courses, technical meetups and mentoring schemes to build supportive communities of engaged women, industry partners and allies, while ensuring our recruitment activities promote and remove barriers to entry for women.

About Code First Girls

Code First Girls has become the largest provider of free coding courses for women in the UK, having delivered over £40 million worth of free technology education, and teaching three times as many women to code as the entire UK university undergraduate system.

Their mission is to reduce the gender diversity gap in tech globally by giving more women the opportunity to learn new skills and pursue great careers in tech.

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  • Elena Metcalf

    Elena Metcalf

    PA agility expert

    I help organisations define and develop innovative solutions through agile expertise. I’m passionate about diversifying the tech field and breaking down some of the unnecessary barriers that women face getting into the industry.

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