Technology training and apprenticeship organisation, QA, that trains over 200K delegates each year, and has placed over 10,000 young people into tech apprenticeships, has created a film to inspire women into technology careers, for International Women’s Day.
Last week QA revealed the findings from a survey completed by over 80 women who currently work in technology jobs, within both public and private sector organisations. It was found that nearly half of women were actively discouraged from starting a career in tech. QA’s research also showed that in order to improve the ratio of women in tech, those surveyed recommended that the industry needs more role models (80%), more tech careers education in schools (79%), and more help from industry (65%), and government (36%), with others asking the TV and film industry to portray gender equality in technology.
In the UK women represent just 17 per cent of all technology roles, within the UK. This figure has remained flat during the past few years, showing a lack of improvements on the gender imbalance, within this sector.
Bill Walker, CTO at QA said “it is shocking that nearly 80 per cent, a huge percentage of women, within the sample, were actively discouraged from starting a tech career, by people that they trust. Luckily, these ones made it through into the industry, but there will be many who haven’t and are missing out. It makes sense that over 40 per cent of women in tech roles started a career in a different field, having been discouraged by those close to them. With the sector growing, and with women representing just 17 per cent of all IT roles, unless action is taken to change the perceptions of technology, improvements in gender disparity won’t be made. Of the women in our sample 76 per cent didn’t see technology as an attractive career path at school, but almost 100 per cent of them have enjoyed an exciting career in tech with the best aspects being; always learning more, working on tech that helps people’s lives, it’s exciting, good salary and flexible. Girls and women and their influencers need to know this; in order to advise them appropriately.”
In QA’s film, which features women from across the technology industry, it sets out to dispel the myth that technology jobs are just for men. QA hopes that it inspires women to come forward for the technology career development programmes, and job opportunities that are available, to both men and women, across the UK, no matter what their level of technology experience is.
Watch the film here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gu-AhzBpj2k&feature=youtu.be