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23 Code Street launches online course to improve the number of women in tech

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23 Code Street, a coding school for all women, has announced the launch of their new pilot webinar course starting on the 4th July.

The course has been designed for beginners with no, to very little, previous experience to provide students with a strong foundation in web development- that is, how to build websites and applications for the web. It will be delivered through interactive webinars (online seminars) that will take place once a week. Throughout the rest of the week, students are able to communicate with teachers online through the enterprise chat tool, Slack. As it’s a pilot, the course will be sold at the reduced price of £400.

Women are underrepresented in the UK’s technology scene. According to the Office of National Statistics’ recent figures, in 2017 only 3.9 per cent of tech professionals in the UK were female programmers and software developers.

Going online enables more women to learn to code; the course was created to reach people not in London, people who can’t afford the price tag of the in person course, and those who need to learn remotely due to other responsibilities such as parenthood or travel.

Speaking about the course, Anisah Osman Britton, founder of 23 Code Street, said, “There’s definitely a demand for an online course."

"Since day one, we’ve been asked to create something that could be accessed remotely.”

“Talent isn’t only found in London- we want all women across the country, and further, to have access to high-quality technical education."

"The women who do our courses don’t have to or want to, become developers necessarily, but instead want a technical understanding which they can bring to the jobs and industries they work in."

"Others do it to have control of their own business, and others are on the road to become amazing developers."

"With a workforce that represents our society, we will have innovation that will serve us all.”

Over the past two years, the school has run in person training courses for 8 cohorts of students who have gone on to have successful careers in various industries.

23 Code Street is a school for those who identify as women and non binary people. To them, culture is Queen and at the centre of everything they do. Moving away from the industry stereotypical culture of ego and competition, they believe in the power of relationships and the importance of peers being a source of knowledge.“Working in a group with just women, we were very supportive of each other and encouraged each other to learn from one another”, says Mina Begum, a graduate from cohort 1.

23 Code Street has a global impact. Part of the fees paid by women on their courses in London pays to teach digital skills to disadvantaged women in the slums of Mumbai.

If you’re interested in learning more and signing up for their new course, please visit www.23codestreet.com/courses
or email [email protected]


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Code First: Girls teaches 10,000 women to code for free in the UK

 

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Code First: Girls, the multi-award winning social enterprise working with women and companies to increase the proportion of women in tech, has announced that its taught 10,000 women to code in-person for free in the UK and Ireland, a new milestone for the tech sector.

In the 18 months since the launch of its 2020 campaign, an initiative aimed at teaching 20,000 young women how to code for free by the end of 2020, the organisation has made strong progress, with Code First: Girls now halfway to this target and on track to achieve its final goal.

Code First: Girls launched their 2020 campaign at the end of 2017 with a clear objective to significantly grow their existing free in-person coding course offer and set a target to teach 20,000 women to code by the end of 2020. As part of this campaign, and with the support of several corporate partners, they have now taught 10,000 women to code for free across 35 cities hosting 297 courses.

This record result comes at a time of stark underrepresentation for women in the UK’s technology sector. According to the UK Office of National Statistics, in 2018 women made up only 11.6 per cent of software professionals in the UK.

Allison Krill , head of EMEA global banking and markets technology at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said, “As a business committed to responsible growth, we recognise that it is essential we equip women with the tools and training they need in order to play an active role in building the digital economy."

"Our partnership with Code First Girls has flourished since it began in 2014 and it is excellent to see the progress that has been made since the launch of 2020 Campaign. We look forward to seeing more young women thrive and fulfil their potential.”

One year after announcing the partnership with Trainline, Clare Gilmartin, company CEO, said, “We’re incredibly proud to support Code First: Girls and it’s fantastic to see them reach this landmark achievement."

"The 20:20 initiative is an excellent example of how the industry and charity sector can pull together to create a more level playing field in tech."

"We understand first-hand the benefits a more diverse workforce can bring to any business and are excited to continue to help Code First: Girls achieve great things.”

Jean-Pierre Saad, Managing Director and Head of Technology for the CFG partner KKR added, “Code First: Girls is doing fantastic work in encouraging gender diversity in technology, and in particular helping young women achieve their ambitions and play a more important role in the digital economy."

"We believe their efforts will benefit the UK economy and society more broadly, and we are very pleased to be able to support them in their mission and in hitting their targets as part of the 20:20 campaign.”

Code First: Girls’ CEO Amali de Alwis was awarded an MBE award for services to women in technology at Buckingham Palace and is one of the leading voices on the topic in the UK. Prior to that, Amali was elected as the 2018 most influential women in UK tech and was also shortlisted in the top 10 most influential BAME tech leaders in the UK by the Financial Times.


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Why it's finally time to learn to code

 

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When thinking about what new skill to learn or a career change, have you ever thought about coding?

Every day we all visit websites and use different apps - these are all built by using code. Essentially, code is a set of rules and instructions that we give a computer which bridges the gap between human language and computer language.

Everyone can learn to code - you really don’t need to be a math genius or a ‘bro’ wearing a hoodie. These are just outdated stereotypes, in fact, women were actually the original pioneers of tech.

All you need is a motivation to learn and time to practice. You’ll be able to use skills you’ve developed in previous jobs and other experiences to help you- like problem-solving, basic math, an eye for detail, and the ability to Google!

For the past two and a half years, 23 Code Street has been teaching women how to code. For every paying student, they teach digital skills to a disadvantaged woman in India. They run part-time web development courses for beginners which include an internship so students can get hands-on work experience. Below they’ve rounded up their top reasons to start coding:

Learn an in-demand skill

Due to the digital skills gap, employers are constantly looking to hire people with a technical understanding. As our world becomes more and more digital, the number of technical jobs needing to be filled is increasing. This report found that there are over seven million jobs which require coding skills, and programming jobs, overall, are growing 12 per cent faster than the market average.

23 Code Street graduates have gone on to work as developers, been promoted as a result of their new tech skills and even become coding teachers. Natalja, a freelance graphic designer, completed their course last year and now works as a teaching assistant for the school.

Say goodbye to the 9-5

Coding can be part of a great flexible career and help you be in control of your own work/life balance. Many coding jobs can be done remotely at hours that suit you. You can work for a company, be a freelancer, or use coding as a way to up-skill in your current profession. Kelly is a mum of two boys and wanted to learn to code to be able to work alongside tech teams with confidence and work flexibly around her children- you can read her blog here.

Enjoy a rewarding career

At first, learning to code may seem daunting, a bit like learning a new language, but you’ll soon start to realise how it all pieces together and that is a hugely rewarding feeling.

You can’t help but feel proud after you’ve built your first proper web page- something you’ve written, now lives online! The tweet below was from Iqra who received a scholarship as part of 23 Code Street x Amaliah’s  to learn to code scholarship.

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Feel empowered and empower other women

Tech is seriously lacking women. Globally 88 per cent of developers are men; this is having a huge impact on innovation and the products and services being released- for example, Apple released a health app without a period tracker on.  By learning to code, you ’ll be helping create a more gender-balanced tech industry,  smashing gender stereotypes and inspiring next generation of girls to work in tech.

Interested in learning to code? Find out more about 23 Code’s Street next Web Development Foundation starting on the 14th March here.


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Bank of America Merrill Lynch joins Code First: Girls 20:20 campaign

 

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) has announced its joining Code First: Girls' campaign to help 20,000 women in the UK and Ireland code by 2020.

Over the past three years, Code First: Girls 20:20 Campaign has taught more than 5,000 women how to code for free, and their alumnae have been hired by a range of local and global firms, including ThoughtWorks, BlaBlaCar and NASA as software developers, information security experts, digital strategists and robotics engineers.

Through their involvement in the campaign, BofAML will provide financial support and their technologists will help train Code First: Girls students.

Training will also be rolled out to the bank’s own female employees who are interested in learning to code. This will open up other career opportunities for these women, and will enhance their understanding of the ways in which technology applies to their existing roles.

The UK's tech sector is one of the fastest-growing globally, with London accounting for around 80 per cent of all venture capital tech funding last year.

Despite this, there is a stark underrepresentation of women in the UK's technology sector. According to the Office of National Statistics' most recent figures, in 2017 only 3.9 per cent of tech and telco professionals in the UK were female programmers and software developers.

Through this campaign, BofAML is hoping to give even more young women the aspirations, skills and confidence to pursue a technology career, and create a strong female pipeline of female talent for business-critical positions.

Speaking about the partnership, Allison Krill, Head of EMEA Global Banking and Markets Technology at BofAML, said, "Technology innovation is key to driving transformation within business, but the need for diverse technical talent is not yet met by the number of qualified people entering the workforce."

"We are therefore very proud to be supporting Code First: Girls 20:20 campaign."

"Our employees look forward to working closely with the participants to share their knowledge, skills and advice to help bridge the gap for early career switchers into tech.”

Amali de Alwis, CEO of Code First: Girls added, "We are excited to build on our existing partnership with Bank of America Merrill Lynch."

"The lack of tangible role models for women looking to build a career in tech creates a psychological barrier to entry, and through this partnership, we are working hard to put an end to that."

"We look forward to working with them to both build and tap into a talent pool of incredible women looking to develop their careers in tech, as well as to help women understand what tech-oriented careers are available to them."

"Bank of America Merrill Lynch is an innovative company committed to diversity, and shares many common goals with our organisation."

"We are delighted to have them on board.”