New skills programme to fight gender gap in digital roles

Employment & Skills | South West | Technology

A new skills programme in the West of England will train more women for digital careers.

The West of England Combined Authority has secured £238,000 governmental funding for the new Women into Digital Jobs, Education and Training (WIDJET) programme.

Bath College, digital training businesses Mayden Academy and Boomsatsuma, Knowle West Media Centre, and the Dot Project will all be involved in delivering activities and training.

The programme will begin shortly and run until summer 2019.

WIDJET will work with women across the region, providing digital skills and training from entry-level taster sessions through to high-level industry specified courses. Participants can take part in a range of skills courses, training or seminars designed directly with business needs in mind, with the aim of them securing jobs in digital roles.

Minister for Digital, Margot James said: “I am thrilled to announce that the West of England Combined Authority was one of our Digital Skills Innovation Fund winners… Women are underrepresented in tech roles and this funding aims to help develop a more gender diverse workforce because it is not only the right thing to do but also makes business sense.”

West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “This is fantastic news and supports one of my key ambitions of improving job opportunities across the region. I want to ensure that everyone, regardless of background or personal circumstances, can access support to develop workplace skills so that they can fulfil their potential. Digital and tech is an important part of the West of England’s economy, and businesses have a particular need for skilled employees now, and this demand is expected to grow in future.”

The project aims to improve the skills and experience of at least 350 women.

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