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Dispelling myths, raising awareness – how Women in Technology is encouraging the next generation of tech talent

Our Women in Technology network encourages more women to pursue careers in technology by working with schools

As the pace of technological change accelerates, the demand for highly skilled workers who can combine digital know-how with creativity and entrepreneurship will continue to grow in the UK. Every industry is being transformed by new and emerging technologies, yet in spite of this the IT industry continues to struggle to attract and retain female talent. Deloitte research has found that by the end of 2016, less than 25 per cent of IT jobs in developed countries will be held by women.

Our Women in Technology network focuses on addressing this issue by working with schools, universities and recruitment teams to attract more young women to careers in technology. The network encourages and helps women who work in technology roles across the firm to develop their careers, build their networks, and engage in a community of over 800 members.

We also collaborate with external partners to help increase the pipeline of women in technology. This includes being a founding partner of Ada College of Digital skills, undertaking outreach initiatives with CoderDojo to inspire children to code and working with Everywoman’s Modern Muse programme to help progress its work inspiring the next generation of female technology talent.

The impact of these initiatives is substantial. Over 100 girls tried their hand at coding at our event with CoderDojo and almost 1,000 children attended the Your Future Your Ambition event where they learned about virtual reality, robots and technology careers at Deloitte.

The Women in Technology network at Deloitte is recognised as a best practice network in the industry and by our clients, and continues to dispel myths, raise awareness and encourage more women to pursue and develop their careers in the rewarding world of technology.

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