Sue Owen-Evans introduces the new report, ‘Make or Break: The UK’s Digital Future’, and a new initiative aimed at inspiring women into technology.
‘Make or Break: The UK’s Digital Future’ highlights the fact that women are seriously under-represented in the technology industries. The report, published in February 2015 by the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Digital Skills, indicates that women make up fewer than 30% of the information and communications technology (ICT) workforce, of which 20% are computing graduates and less than 10% are app developers. The UK Digital Skills Taskforce and TeenTech CIC, who contributed to the report, comment: “It is hardly surprising that we have digital skills shortages given that we are failing to make the most of the talents of almost half of the potential workforce.”
Teachers and trainers are key to increasing the visibility of women in digital jobs and to making greater use of female role models. This is why Learning Futures is keen to promote the Tech Women UK project and tackle the cycle of non-engagement.
Coralesce Ltd have been commissioned and funded by the Education and Training Foundation to run the project:
“Our aim is to increase the pool of talent. With so few girls graduating with vital technical skills, the UK economy is missing a number of opportunities for growth, innovation and success. The Tech Women UK project will address this by developing a two-way leadership programme that focuses on women leaders in the further education sector engaging with women in the technology industry.”
Christina Conroy, OBE and Director of Coralesce Ltd
Visit Tech Women UK to find out more about their Tech Parties and to access resources, research and activities that will encourage and inspire women to develop their personal and professional use of technology or attend one of the national events.