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Empiric named as finalist in Women in IT Awards 2018

Empiric has been named as a finalist in the E-skills Initiative of the Year category at the Women in IT Awards for its work on the Next Tech Girls initiative.

Empiric aims to get more than 5,000 girls into tech work experience placements by 2020, and to actively contribute to increasing the number of women working in the tech field. And while the initiative is still young, the company feels that it is making a real difference. In its first year it placed 152 girls into tech work experience placements, engaged 129 London schools and supported 72 companies in hosting work experience students. Empiric has expanded nationally to extend the reach of the initiative beyond London to Newcastle, Cambridge and Glasgow and is excited by the level of impact achievable through scaling industry collaboration with education, to effect change.

Under the initiative, Empiric is collaborating with a wide range of organisations that are investing in building more diverse and inclusive workforces including Vodafone, Microsoft, Expedia, WorldFirst, Virgin Money, Metail, Wayra and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Net Tech Girls’ Wall of Inspiration now has more than 170 profiles, featuring female role models in tech from across a wide range of industries and disciplines. Whilst host companies are benefiting from ideas suggested by the girls, and positive team cultural impacts.

“This nomination is a real endorsement of the work that we’re doing” said Marie-Clare Fenech, head of corporate partnerships at Empiric. “There’s solid evidence that a better gender balance has a positive impact on business performance and the quality of management. It’s a pleasure to see Next Tech Girls becoming a national success and I feel that we’re already making a real difference in the industry.”

Women in IT Awards winners will be announced on 31/01/2018.

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