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Did you know only 17 per cent of the tech workforce is women?

It’s time to tackle the shortage of women in tech, especially those from under-represented groups. It’s time to create the female tech leaders of tomorrow.

TechUP, a partnership between Durham, York, Edge Hill and Nottingham universities, is giving 100 women the opportunity to retrain for a tech career with an interview for an internship, apprenticeship or job role at the end of the programme.


Watch the video with Project Leaders, Professor Sue Black and Professor Alexandra Cristea below:


The six-month programme is open to women with a degree in any subject across the North and Midlands.

TechUp is mainly completed online, allowing you to fit it around your current commitments. Modules include data science, coding, cyber security project management, public speaking, clear communication and working as a team.

A mentor who works in the sector will provide advice and guidance to you throughout the course. There are also four residential weekends where you can network with peers and listen to industry-led talks.

Ready to join the revolution? Visit the TechUP website to apply.


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Women - tech needs you!

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Article provided by Svenja de Vos, Chief Technology Officer, Leaseweb

Last month marked Women’s History Month, a time to look back and commemorate how far women have come throughout history and to celebrate their accomplishments.

For a long time, I have struggled with whether I should write something about this subject as it can be considered “controversial” to some. Nevertheless, in conjunction with the month, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the long-standing debate and advocate for more women in tech.

If we as women cannot express our enthusiasm for a career in the industry, how can we expect more women to be involved? As the staggering talent gap shows, the technology industry is in desperate need of workers with the right knowledge and skills.

Although tech companies from around the world say they are making every effort to increase the number of female employees, only 17 to 30 per cent of actual tech jobs at some of the biggest companies, including Netflix, Amazon, Uber and Apple are held by women. There is no clear explanation for this problem. The fact remains that the number of women in tech is still lagging behind. This is not to say that women have something better to add than men. Rather, there is simply too few people with relevant knowledge and skills in the sector.

It’s (not) a man’s world

In order to keep a balanced range of talent in the sector, we must all do our best to secure the interest of people considering a career in the field. It is of the utmost importance that we remind younger generations that tech is not just reserved for the geeks among us. That’s why it is key to expose children to the basics of coding through their education. Coding and programming require a certain level of accuracy, are used to secure our daily lives and provide solutions for many of today’s biggest problems – children should be prepared to further this field.

In addition to making young people more enthusiastic about tech, it is important we teach them that women are successful in the scientific realm. At the moment, being a female manager in the tech world is considered “abnormal.” When I tell people that I am the CTO of a hosting company, I typically receive one of two reactions:

  1. They assume I am not technically skilled
  2. They express their admiration and pretend I am very special

Neither reaction is ideal, and I personally find them truly upsetting.

On the other hand, I can understand where these responses come from. Even from an early age, we have all been told that boys have more talent for STEM subjects than girls. Think about it, how often have you heard that boys are better at math and girls are better in English? Beyond that, boys traditionally play with cars, LEGOS and robots, while girls are expected to play with dolls. These societally ingrained images of male and female stick with people for their entire life, impacting every industry and the direction that young men and women take when it comes to their careers. Therefore, it is not very surprising that girls ultimately opt out of the STEM subjects.

Forging the pathway to the future

Let’s face it: if we change the perspective of those involved in the tech industry gradually, we will change the world. Tech is synonymous with the future, one that is in the hands of those who are ready to embrace this digital world. It’s a future in which digital transformation ensures that every industry will soon play in the tech space.

Don’t you think it seems a lot more convenient to not exclude half of the workforce in advance? 

Don’t get me wrong, in my ideal world, women do not have an edge on men. I am not advocating for special treatment or the adoption of a women’s quota. Instead, I am pleading for skilled labor in every industry, but particularly tech. In order to keep the U.S. economy growing, we can’t just come to the table with only the male half of the population.

As we look toward the future, let’s all think about what we can do in this next year and beyond for young people, perhaps girls in particular, to get them excited about a technical education or career. The ultimate goal is to prepare ourselves for a better future and we need everyone to make that possible.