Empiric launches Future Tech Girls initiative
Empiric has launched its Future Tech Girls initiative. It says the initiative aims to inspire 5,000 more females to pursue careers within technology roles in the UK by 2020.
In response to dwindling numbers of women in the tech sector – with just 17% of the workforce made up of females - the Future Tech Girls campaign will work with education institutions and employers to place students into relevant work experience opportunities.
Following research into the barriers to entry for emerging female talent, Future Tech Girls found a distinct lack of awareness of the opportunities and career paths available within the technology sector. In order to address this, the initiative will bring together UK companies - including RBS, JP Morgan, Hive, Softwire, VE Interactive, Output Studio, Blippar and Digital Catapult – as well as working groups and bodies including TechUK, Tech London Advocates and The Greater London Authority to educate and engage this target audience.
By the end of 2016 alone, Future Tech Girls aims to facilitate a minimum of 100 meaningful tech work experience placements for Year 10 girls (14 and 15 year olds) across London that are currently taking ICT or Computing at GCSE level.
Sam Kamyar, co- founder of Future Tech Girls and managing director at Empiric, commented, “While the tech community is already making huge strides in addressing gender disparity across the sector, we aim for Future Tech Girls to add an extra dimension to the industry-wide mission to create a more balanced workforce.
“We don’t have a magic wand, but by working collaboratively with similarly-minded organisations, we can increase the number of women working in technology. By utilising Empiric’s skills and networks we can facilitate fulfilling and eye-opening work experience for young females at the point when they’re making critical decisions that will guide them on their vocational path. Fast forward five years, and I hope that this initiative is integral to a shift towards sustainably and strategically getting more girls into tech.”