Showing posts with label women in it. Show all posts
Showing posts with label women in it. Show all posts

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Trailblazer IT apprentices leading the path for women in tech

 By Sarah Morgan

The number of women in the technology industry is growing at a rate of 238% faster than men, according to Sphero, showcasing the wide road being paved for the future women in IT.

With the theme of International Women’s Day 2016 #pledgeforparity, Firebrand celebrates the next generation of young women breaking the glass ceiling for girls in tech in the 21st century.
We have historically done a disservice to the multitude of women in the IT industry by allowing so many to exist in relative anonymity, relying on famous figureheads like Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook when referencing the industry.

Female apprentices paving the way for women in tech

While underrepresented as a whole across STEM subjects, there is an increasing number of high profile women pushing the technology agenda forward such as Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) and Marissa Mayer (CEO of Yahoo). Firebrand’s female IT apprentices gave their thoughts on how the industry can inspire more young women:

Kimberley Bolton, Microsoft Apprentice of the Year 2014

Highlighting the importance of both men and women being role models for girls in tech, Kimberley says, “Many of the males I've worked with have been the foundations for my achievements and I'm lucky to have made great friendships with many of them.”

Jamila Telliam, Support Technician

“I believe the interest should be encouraged from home as well as in school and it's great that schools are encouraging young people to start coding.”

Guen-Ziu Dang, IT Support Technician

“My apprenticeship facilitator has been in the IT industry for more or less than 10 years. Hearing her stories (what companies she used to work for, how she got to where she is) really inspired me and I’m grateful to have her look after me as an apprentice.”

Jane Simmons, Developer

“If anything, now is the best time for women to show interest in IT. They are more likely to be taken on and accepted by companies for work experience and apprenticeships because the computer world needs more of them - for fresh ideas and a new way to look at the field.”

Inspire a generation of female IT pioneers with Trailblazer apprenticeships 

For over three years, Firebrand has been opening the doors to future female leaders in IT, giving them a route into in an industry historically dominated by men. With IT apprentice employers nationwide hiring female apprentices, Firebrand is inspiring the future generations of women continuing to inform, educate and develop cutting-edge technology by delivering higher and intermediate  trailblazer apprenticeships.  

To grow and develop an IT apprentice with Trailblazer apprenticeships, call us free on 0800 081 6022 or enquire online.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

CompTIA tackling the image problem of the IT industry


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CompTIA labels the IT industry with "an image problem" as it continues to address the lack of women in the channel through its Advancing Women in IT (AWIT) initiative.

With less than 16% of the UK IT industries 1.2 million workforce being women, it's a statement you simply can't challenge. The industry has an image problem and it's time we addressed it as a community.

IT doesn't appeal to the young

CompTIA claims a lack of appeal to the younger generation is at the core of this issue. Again, difficult to contest when applications to Computing Science at GCSE and A level continue to fall. Left unchecked,  this will significantly reduce the volume of talent entering the industry and exacerbate a skills gap estimated to reach 700,000 IT professionals across Europe by 2015.  

CompTIA Senior vice president,  Nancy Hammervik, reflects on the issue. She said: 

The primary barrier to interest in IT as a career is that young people – girls, especially – don’t understand the full range of options available to them,” 

But when they’re exposed to specific job and career opportunities their interest level jumps,” Hammervik continued. “We’ve taken the next step to reach out directly to women and girls on the wonderful opportunities available to them in our industry.

Advancing Women in IT

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This next step is via the 'Advancing Women in IT' initiative. Driven by an elite group of “trailblazing female entrepreneurs”, the program aims to engage at the grass root level and transform the representation of women in IT. Delivering the message direct to schools and colleges via a series of workshops, free educational tools and events, the program aims to engage more than 10,000 people by the end of 2014.

Firebrand Training’s UK Managing Director, Emma Seaman said:  

If we are to reverse the downward trend of young women taking an interest in IT then we must break the stereotype that ‘IT is for geeks’

Attracting more women into IT received a big boost this week 

This week CompTIA launched two new websites, Dream IT and the Career Resource Centre. Both seen as a huge boost in the battle to attract more women into the IT workforce.

The new Career Resource Centre contains a wealth of information and career resources all with the express aim of showing women and girls that IT is a great place to work.

The Dream IT initiative is the brainchild of CompTIA’s 'Advancing Women in IT' community. It offers ready-made presentation materials which can be used by anyone looking to spread the fantastic opportunities available to women and girls in the IT industry.

Get Involved!

If your interested in adavncing women in IT, why not head over to the Dream IT site and explore to find out all the ways you can get involved.

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About the Author

As part of Firebrand's global marketing team, Edward actively works to serve the IT community with news, reviews and technical how to guides. Working in the industry for almost 3 years, Edward has a wide variety of experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint, Windows Server and Exchange Server. Edward is an active member of the IT community contributing to a variety of tech publications including Microsoft TechNet, Channel Pro and PC Advisor.