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FDM Group sponsors e-skills CC4G clubs as part of its women in IT initiative

FDM Group sponsors e-skills’ CC4G clubs as part of its women in IT initiative

As part of its ongoing commitment to promoting women in IT, FDM Group is delighted to be sponsoring e-skills’ Computer Clubs for Girls (CC4G).
 
The lack of women in IT is an ongoing issue for the industry. According to shocking figures reported by e-skills in the 2011 report & lsquo;Technology Insights,’ only 18% of IT and Telecoms professionals are female.
 
This is despite the fact that the IT and Telecoms industries are integral to most people’s daily lives, as well as being a crucial part of the UK’s economy, as further highlighted by this report.
 
In contrast, the UK’s largest IT graduate employer, FDM Group, boasts a female majority across its management team and actively champions women in IT.
 
FDM Chief Operating Officer, Sheila Flavell, said, “FDM strongly believes that women bring a multitude of beneficial skills and traits to the IT industry. We consider the lack of female representation in IT to be outrageous when there are so many talented women out there.”
 
This concerning issue is exacerbated by low participation rates by females in IT subjects at GCSE and A-Level in UK schools.
 
According to the & lsquo;Women in IT scorecard’, jointly published by the Chartered Institute for IT, e-skills UK and Intellect, females account for less than 10% of those taking Computer A-Levels.
 
The report goes on to highlight that, despite this, females consistently outperform their male counterparts in IT related subjects at GSCE and A-Level.
 
According to a recent press release by the UN International Telecommunication Union, teenage girls are “five times less likely to consider a technology-related career” than boys of their age, despite both sexes regularly using the Internet and computer technology.
 
These worrying statistics highlight the need to encourage more females to participate in IT subjects at an earlier age in schools in a bid to boost the fledgling numbers of women in IT.
 
In September 2011 e-skills re-launched its CC4G initiative which aims to introduce girls aged 10 to 14 to IT in a fun way.
 
Through the computer clubs, the girls participate in a fun, virtual world designed to make IT accessible to them through topics they enjoy, such as fashion, music and sport.
 
FDM is proud to be sponsoring CC4G clubs at three schools local to its UK offices, Eltham Hill Technology College for Girls in London, Flixton Girls' School in Manchester, and Roedean School in Brighton.
 
Sheila Flavell said, “Some of the most rewarding careers are in IT, because it involves creativity and innovation. Technology is very much at the forefront of business success nowadays, not at all the & lsquo;geeky’ back-office stereotype that the industry has developed throughout the years. We are delighted to be sponsoring CC4G and are committed to supporting and encouraging more ladies to get into IT through initiatives like this.”
 
Through this sponsorship FDM aims to encourage more girls to take IT subjects at school and to consider a career in IT in the future.
 
To find out more about FDM Group, please visit www.fdmgroup.com

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