Tech Partnership launches My Tech Future campaign to encourage girls into IT industry

The Tech Partnership has launched a campaign to encourage more girls to take up careers in technology, called My Tech Future.

My Tech Future campaign The Tech Partnership is a growing network of employers that are working together to create skills for the digital economy.

The campaign targets girls aged 9-18 and encourages them into the tech industry through employer-led interventions. The campaign is being sponsored by BT, HP Enterprise and TCS.

My Tech Future will launch with a piece of research, surveying young people, parents and teachers. The research aims to shed light on girls’ attitudes, aspirations and concerns, and will also identify and test potential solutions.

The results of the research will be published during Tech Week taking place July 4-8. Tech Week involves employers opening up their offices and workplaces to young people.

BT’s Emer Timmons, who accompanied Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Family Justice Caroline Dinenage MP to the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women in March, said: “Women need and deserve the opportunity to make the most of their abilities in meaningful and worthwhile work. Through My Tech Future, BT is supporting girls’ aspirations and helping inspire them about the many exciting digital roles that are available to them.”

Jacqui Ferguson, SVP & General Manager at HP Enterprise Services UK&I and MEMA, said: “The digital economy has opened the door to a wide range of career options in what is a rapidly evolving marketplace. Hewlett Packard Enterprise is committed to inspiring more girls to develop their digital skills and consider further education or a career in technology.

“As such, we are delighted to be supporting My Tech Future and see it as a natural supplement to our sponsorship of TechFuture Girls, the after-school clubs for girls between 9-14 years old aiming to enhance learning in IT.”

Yogesh Chauhan, Director of Corporate Sustainability at TCS, said: “A diverse workforce is important to TCS and the tech sector more generally, so we need to get behind initiatives like My Tech Future and ensure that we’re not losing out on a huge untapped resource of female talent. TCS is proud to support this work, alongside our sponsorship of TechFuture Ambassadors, who work directly with schools to inspire students.”

Karen Price, CEO of the Tech Partnership said: “Tech Partnership employers are excited about giving school students, and particularly girls, an opportunity to see first-hand their fascinating work and stimulating environments.

“Other organisations who’d like to join them in inspiring girls about careers in tech by taking part in Tech Week would be more than welcome – it’s a chance to disperse any preconceptions and show kids directly what an adventure the digital world can offer.”