We want to cast stereotypes aside and encourage young girls and boys alike to both see how meaningful a career in tech can be. That’s why we’ve partnered up with PwC to create The Tech She Can Charter, a commitment by organisations to work together to increase the number of women working in technology roles in the UK. It aims to tackle the root cause of the problem at a societal level by inspiring and educating young girls and women to get into tech careers and sharing best practice across the organisations involved.
We’ll be pledging our commitment to the Tech She Can Charter by talking to school children about their career choices; highlighting the opportunities that are available to them by picking a career in tech. We’ll also be celebrating our own female role models from Smoothwall, and sharing resources and best practice to help spread this important message.
You can find out more information about #techshecan here.
Women currently make up only 17% of employees in the UK tech sector. Research by Everywoman found the most popular reasons for the gender gap are that workplace cultures are often not designed to meet the needs and progression of women (36%), and that there is a lack of female role models both for young girls (32%) and for those already working in tech (24%).
Smoothwall are proud to be signatories of The Tech Talent Charter, which encourages organisations to address gender disparity in several ways. These include building attraction, recruitment and retention practices that are designed to increase the diversity of the workforce; defining a strategy and timetable for change, along with measuring the current diversity of the organisation.
To find out more about the Tech Talent Charter, click here.
We’re aware that attracting great women into roles is only half the battle, and that to retain them we have to continue to offer support, and provide fair and equal opportunities for progression.
We have a strong network of women at Smoothwall who have set up their own LeanIn circle. LeanIn.org is a charity committed to offering women the ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals. By providing an active and supportive community, women can exchange ideas and share their stories as they intend to inspire, teach and connect.
The LeanIn circle take great pride in recognising the difference between masculine and feminine traits, and meet regularly to discuss how to address issues in the workplace such as managing difficult conversations and managing your own inner critic.
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