Getting Women to Code in North Wales

Getting Women to Code in North Wales

Ambition North Wales has partnered with Code First Girls to provide women and non-binary people with free coding lessons and access to technical roles with national organizations such as Deloitte, BT, Nike and GCHQ.

initiative aims to close the gender skills gap in technology, at a time when only 19% of people studying computer science after age 16 are women.

As part of this new partnership, Code First Girls (CFG) is calling on women and non-binary people in North Wales to sign up for free training to prepare them for what is becoming the most dynamic and more requested. They also appeal to organizations that want to diversify their technical teams to connect and play an active role in the changing technology landscape.

There are 5,075 digital businesses across Wales with a total turnover of £3billion. Trends show that Welsh employers are asking for coders and people with digital savvy and companies want to ensure a more diverse workforce. It is a growing sector, but it is well known that skills are scarce in all areas.

Sian Lloyd Roberts, Regional Skills Manager for Ambition North Wales’ Skills and Employability Team, said:

“The opportunity and demand for coding skills has never been higher – they are becoming essential for many sectors in a diverse economy. This is just one of the reasons we are delighted to see the CFG program be implemented in the region.In addition to providing top-notch training, they can meet the growing demand for developers by connecting organizations with top female and non-binary talent.

“Our hope is that the work will ensure a pipeline of certified women and junior non-binary developers, as well as raise our profile as a great region to do business in and increase connections with international organizations.”

Over the past three years, Code First Girls has become one of the largest providers of free coding courses for women and non-binary people, and has delivered over £40 million worth of free tech education.

When the initiative was created in 2017, it pledged to teach over 20,000 young women and non-binary people in the UK and Ireland how to code. It has since exceeded that target, having taught over 60,000 women to date, and is now expanding across the UK and internationally with programs attracting applicants in several countries including India, the Netherlands, Poland, Oman and the United States.

Anna Brailsford is the CEO of Code First Girls“Code First Girls is growing rapidly across the UK, providing women and non-binary people in Wales with access to free tech education directly linked to exciting businesses and employment opportunities. As As a social impact company, we’re on a mission to transform the technology landscape, attract more women and non-binary talent to roles, and close the diversity divide.

Having diversity of thought in technology is a competitive advantage for businesses and we are excited to offer a solution to the growing need for diverse technology talent, which is crucial to addressing the fundamental challenges facing our society – from recovery from COVID-19 to international defense cyber security.”

In addition to Ambition North Wales, CFG has worked with other organizations and businesses across Wales including Admiral, Veygo, Cognizant Foundation, TPXImpact, Openreach and the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

To get involved, Ambition North Wales encourages people to register online at Code First Girls – learn to code for free

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