The Ministry of Business and Employment (MBIE) and the Ministry for Women today launched a pilot to attract more women back into the technology sector.
Based in Wellington, Return to IT assists women with a digital technology backgrounds to return to work in the sector after taking a career break of between two and five years. Successful applicants will be offered an opportunity to be placed with a participating organisation, or assistance with seeking employment in the IT sector.
This morning on TVNZ’s Breakfast show, NZTech’s Andrea Hancox discussed busting tech stereotypes. Watch the interview here.
New Zealand is not alone in attracting and retaining women in tech, a leading tech specialist says.
Andrea Hancox, NZTech’s national director of government relations, says the whole world faces the issue of attracting and retaining women in tech and introducing tech to young women as a choice of career.
The Ministry of Women has released a guide Decoding Diversity targeted at attracting and retaining girls and women in tech education. The guide is for secondary school teachers, university lecturers, code club volunteers and other community group leaders, potential employers, career advisors, industry professionals, recruitment personnel, students and parents.
Efforts to encourage women into software programming and other parts of the tech industry are going up a notch.
Industry body NZTech is doubling the size of its ShadowTech Days mentoring programming, which will this year pair 500 high school girls with women already in the industry, after receiving funding from the Ministry of Youth Development.
The NZTech Women Wellington group is looking at the advancement of skills for women in the Technology field – from student level interest, to intern programmes, along with development for the existing workforce.
At our May lunch, we will be reporting back on research around programmes and initiatives that we as a group can support, be aware of, and if appropriate – get involved in.
Weather and flights permitting, Frances Valentine, CEO of The Mind Lab will be joining us to facilitate discussion around the skills gap, the unique ways of encouraging girls into the technology sector through all the various opportunities available.
Feel free to extend this invitation to any of your female colleagues or industry peers.
A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!