The Future is Female was first introduced to empower women in the early 70s when it first appeared on a t-shirt for the first women’s bookstore in New York. Since then, it has had firm roots in feminism and driving progressive change for women. We believe women are the future of tech, and it’s imperative that we bring more women into the industry. We champion young women breaking into the tech industry by offering specialised digital apprenticeships to kickstart their career.Start your career today
The tech industry is starving for better representation of women. The number of women assuming tech roles has dropped from 33%, that was previously reported in 2002, which shows women are either leaving the tech industry, or there is a stronger intake of men. Compared to other industries, where the average percentage of employed women is 47%, the tech industry is startlingly low with only 27% women in the workforce. There is a huge discrepancy between the number of women in the workforce, and the number assuming roles in IT. This number is only predicted to rise to 30% by 2020.
Women have been at the forefront of technological innovation since it began. We've heard the stories of inspirational women such as Dorothy Vaughn, who taught herself, and her staff coding, then proceeded to head the programming division at Langley. Then there's Dame Stephanie Shirley, who started her career as a mathematical clerk in a post office, and later pioneered an incredibly successful all-women software company in the 1960's. Dame Stephanie Shirley agreed to share her experiences of being a pioneer and inspiration for women everywhere.
Technology is all about connection: it's working with people and bringing together a community. Technology is part of everything we do; so, even if a career in tech hasn't immediately occurred to you, it's totally in reach. Young people have a level of digital competence that put them ahead of the technological learning curve. This foundation of knowledge is easy to build upon and expand a specialised understanding of tech. All of the skills you need to succeed can be learned easily by following the guidance, and teachings of industry experts.
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"The advice I would give to younger people wanting to start their career is that an apprenticeship is definitely the way to go. It allows you to experience a full time job whilst learning on the go."