As you might have guessed, we’re pretty big on initiatives that help more women get into tech and stay there. So we’ve been speaking to ThoughtWorks – who you might remember from our interview with kickass robotics engineer Isabella Degen – about their new Woman in Tech Scholarships. Here’s what Charlotte Bridgeman, Head of Recruitment, told us.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, recently said: “London Technology Week has shown how the capital is the most important tech hub in Europe with its vibrant mix of investors, talent and creativity. Although the sector is flourishing, it is vital that we actively encourage more girls to work in digital and tech to reverse the under-representation of women in this industry.”
The empowerment of women in technology is essential, and whilst London is one of the pioneers in leading this charge, more needs to be done to help those with a passion for the industry who may not have had the privilege of education needed to get them through the door.
At ThoughtWorks, we have a strong social and economic conscience, and are keen to level this playing field, with the aim to achieve inclusivity and progressive change in all sectors of society. To this end, we have teamed up with London-based developer bootcamp Makers Academy to help bridge this gap and have launched the ThoughtWorks Women-in-Tech scholarship programme. We are offering six free scholarships to those who are interested in a related career but are unsure if they have the skillset or the funds necessary to get there.
Through the ThoughtWorks graduate scheme, we have worked with Makers Academy for the past 18 months, and it was clear from the outset that the quality of their courses and tutors was exceptionally high. It was also interesting to see that many of the students on the programme were not straight out of university but simply passionate to learn code after a change in career. The lack of female students was evident, which led to the idea of the scholarship programme.
The full cost of the 16-week programme is usually £8,000 which is not an accessible figure for many. The successful applicants will be put through the tailored programme for free, which we believe is a necessary and worthwhile investment. Through nurturing passionate female talent in the tech industry, and helping them develop their coding and wider business skills, we can give them a platform to succeed and provide what is needed to get ahead in the industry and help bridge the gender divide.
This is a great opportunity for those who want to learn from people who are leaders in their fields, and we are looking forward to seeing their confidence build and their aspirations realised. The gender imbalance within the tech industry, as well as the wider society, has to change and we believe this is a small step in the right direction.
Applications for the Women in Tech Scholarship are open now – what have you got to lose?
All images: ThoughtWorks/Makers Academy/Matthew Power Photography. This is a guest post, not a sponsored post.