Next Tech Girls is an initiative brought to you by Empiric with the aim of sustainably and strategically increasing the number of women in technology by securing meaningful tech work experience for girls. 1.46 million people are employed in the UK’s technology sector, but only 17% of them are women. We want to help change this.
Companies are increasingly recognising the value of diversity, leading to tactical solutions for hiring more women. This often results in merely moving existing talent around, shifting the problem from one company to another and having no long-term impact.
There is a need and opportunity for strategic and early intervention.
We’ve met with girls taking ICT and Computing at GCSE level, and it has been an eye-opening experience. Some girls are extremely passionate about a future in tech, while others are not. This is largely due to a lack of awareness of the opportunities and career paths available (many believe tech is exclusively about coding).
We have invested and continue to build on strong relations and networks with: schools across London, women working in tech, working groups and bodies, and corporate leaders. All so we can assist the growth of women working in technology by facilitating meaningful tech work experience placements for Next Tech Girls.