Education & Talent Pipeline

Developing the Future Pipeline

Whilst delivering changes to our current approach to recruitment will make huge inroads into improving the gender diversity in technology, it is also worth thinking about how we develop the future talent pipeline for businesses.
We know young girls are less likely to pursue STEM subjects at school and are more likely to disregard a potential career in technology than young boys.
Research conducted by O2 showed that almost half of 11-18 year-olds (47%) still believe that the tech industry is better suited to men, whilst only 4% feel the sector best suits women (O2 research 28th January 2016).
To help improve the representation of young girls in technology we would advise the following activities you or your organisations could offer to our next generation of technologists:
  • Challenge what academic backgrounds are needed for first jobs at your company. Academic life and work life are very different, and when starting careers attitudes and behaviour tend to be more important that academic backgrounds. With fewer females having STEM backgrounds it’s harder to improve the ratios of females in technology if this is a strict criteria for first or entry roles. Challenge yourself and your business on whether this is necessary or could you more flexibly apply this criteria.
  • Offer one year internships for either school leavers or sandwich university students for young women to help give them a foundational experience of careers in technology.
  • Offer work experience to young girls. Schools are always looking for work experience placements for their students to give them on the job experience about real life jobs and careers.
  • Talk at schools or offer school days in your company for young girls. There are a number of myths that young girls have about what a career in technology is really all about coupled with a lack of female role models. Talking to local schools and offering one day tech careers experiences can help dispel such myths and inspire young girls into tech.
Soyini Taylor
Soyini Taylor - Associate DBA, Infrastructure and Operations Group, Risk and Business Analytics “Excitement about technology is the first step in building a strong recruitment base. This in many ways may need to be done before the recruitment process starts. The tech day for girls is one of the many ways to help create a new opinion of what a job in technology really means and enforces that technology is for creative and talented women and men with a range of interests”
Steve Williams
Steve Williams - Director of Technology, XpertHR “We value customer-centric agile working, cloud-computing, mobile and analytics and it is the diversity of the work that is driving the diversity of the workforce and culture. Being able to articulate your company’s passion for technology and the support for its people to grow and be nurtured is, for me, a necessity to be successful in today’s world.”
Vimi Grewal-Carr
Vimi Grewal-Carr - Managing Partner for Innovation “Promoting inclusion is the responsibility of everyone in the workplace. In a business so dependent on the calibre of its people, encouraging diversity is an essential element for success.”

Resources

Please find below an initial selection of the leading resources available in this area today in the UK.
If you would like to add your organisation please send us an email techtalentcharter@gmail.com or register interest here.
Apps for Good
What is Offered to Inspire/Support Girls?

Course which lets students design & build apps in teams. Volunteering opportunities for women to offer advice/mentor groups on their app or to give talks on their career

About the Group

Our goal is to transform the way technology is taught in schools; to empower students from all backgrounds to seize the opportunities of our digital age and create solutions to the problems they care about, using technology.

What Is Asked/Call-To-Action For TTC Volunteers?

Show girls there are women in tech–become an Apps for Good expert-just 1 hour of time to Skype or visit school.

More Information
appsforgood.org

Girls in Coding

What is Offered to Inspire/Support Girls?

Mini tech conferences and meet-ups.

About the Group

Empower women in technology by simply providing them with more visibility. What we do is we host mini tech conferences and meet-ups where a majority of our speakers – unlike other tech conferences – are women. That’s all.

More Information
girlsintechuk.com
Stemettes
What is Offered to Inspire/Support Girls?

Panel Events: Hear from women about their amazing roles
within STEM, their stories and their advice for you, the next generation.

Hackathons: We’ll teach you all you need to know to create
your own mobile app, game or website and then you can enter our ‘Demo Day’
competition on your own or in a team.

School Workshops: Try out some Science, Technology, Engineering
and Maths at the offices of our friends in industry. Perhaps you’ll create an app for a music festival, design a theme park or create a new way to travel.

More than mentoring: Student to Stemette matches girls aged 15 and over with women in industry for 4 months. They also receive work experience and other career opportunities.

About the Group

To inspire the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) fields by showing them the amazing women  already in STEM via a series of panel events, hackathons, exhibitions, and mentoring schemes.

What Is Asked/Call-To-Action For TTC Volunteers?

Volunteer via bit.ly/stemettesvolunteer

Or speak to senior people at your company for a deep partnership.

More Information
stemettes.org
Coder Dojo
What is Offered to Inspire/Support Girls?

Club helps young people learn coding in a fun, collaborative way.

About the Group

Free, volunteer-led, community based programming clubs for young people; girls-only clubs available.

What Is Asked/Call-To-Action For TTC Volunteers?

Volunteer to help run a dojo.

More Information
coderdojo.com

TECHFUTURE WOMEN’S NETWORK

What is Offered to Inspire/Support Girls?

Tech Future Network keeping women volunteers informed of opportunities they can support in inspire young women in Tech.

More Information
thetechpartnership.com
TeenTech
What is Offered to Inspire/Support Girls?

Lively one-day events to help young teenagers see the wide range of career possibilities in Science, Engineering and Technology.

About the Group

TeenTech runs lively one-day events to help young teenagers see the wide range of career possibilities in Science, Engineering and Technology.We are an award winning, industry-led initiative, founded in 2008 by Maggie Philbin and Chris Dodson to help the “X Factor” generation understand their true potential and the real opportunities available in the contemporary STEM workplace.TeenTech events take place at venues across the UK – at each event 300 pupils from 30 different schools benefit from hands-on exhibits and challenges run by leading organisations.

What Is Asked/Call-To-Action For TTC Volunteers?

Sponsor, host or volunteer for an event.

More Information
teentech.com