TechFuture Girls scheme aims to get more girls into IT

HP and Cisco are backing the scheme
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Formerly know as CC4G, TechFuture Girls aims to get more young girls into the IT industry, with its after school and lunchtime clubs.

After launching in 2005, more than 150,000 girls gave benefited from the mix of activities available, which have been designed to build girls’ confidence and skills in tech.

Computing vendor HP has since partnered with the scheme, along with other established IT brands including BT and Cisco.

Jacqui Ferguson, MD and VP for UK and Ireland at HP said: “By investing in TechFuture Girls, we’re helping to create a diverse, inclusive environment by engaging girls at the very age when they start to disengage from (the subject of) technology.

“HP staff will also have the opportunity to volunteer at local TechFuture Girls where they will support teachers in delivering resources and serve as role models for the girls. We’re delighted to help make the successful TechFuture Girls program available more widely.”

A recent report from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills also revealed that only 26 per cent of women in the UK are in the digital workforce.

Ross Targett, CEO and co-founder of Code Kingdoms, added: “There are a number of schemes like TechFuture Girls that are doing great work to redress the gender imbalance, but we really need to be providing children with access to technology and appropriate teaching well before they reach secondary school.”

PCR will also be holding its second Woman of the Year event this October, following the success of last year's event. More details on this will be announced in due course.

This news comes after Google revealed that its App-a-thon will be lead by a team of female IT experts, while Apple boss Tim Cook announced plans to make Apple more diverse. 

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