InnovateHer teams with Sony to expand tech skills course to south-east

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UK women's organisation, InnovateHer, is teaming up with Sony’s PlayStation brand to expand its eight week tech programme for teenage girls to more locations across the country, including London and Guildford. 

The after school programme will teach girls technical skills, build confidence, and highlight local opportunities within the tech and digital industries. 

Programmes will start in selected schools during January 2020, and graduates of the programme will have a chance to showcase their work at next year’s Develop conference in Brighton.

Key skills

The Digital Bootcamp programme aims to give girls aged between 12-16 key tech and interpersonal skills whilst encouraging them to consider STEM subjects and careers in tech.

Currently, girls make up only 20% of computer science entries at GCSE, and just 10% at A-level, with nine times more boys than girls gaining an A level in Computer Science this year. 

InnovateHer, whose mission is “to get girls ready for the tech industry, and the industry ready for girls”, recently pledged to tackle these figures by committing to work with schools to reach over 1,000 girls by 2020.

PlayStation previously worked with InnovateHer’s sister brand, Liverpool Girl Geeks, to deliver a similar educational programme in Liverpool in 2016. The programme saw 20 girls take part in technology themed workshops across 6 weeks, and included an invitation to PlayStation’s Wavertree offices to meet technical staff and learn more about how games are developed and tested.

Chelsea Slater, Co-founder of InnovateHer said: “We’re proud to be working with PlayStation again on our tech programme for girls. 

Gender gap 

“The issues we see around the gender pay gap and low numbers of women in the tech community are the culmination of the seeds that get sown early in young women’s academic careers. 

“Our mission is to get girls ready for the tech industry, and to get the industry ready for girls, and a huge part of this is challenging the misconception that girls “can’t do” STEM subjects like Computer Science, equally that the STEM industry doesn’t cater for women. 

“That’s why it’s important for us that our programme reaches girls not just locally, but nationally, too, and that it aims to show young women just what opportunities are open to them. 

“Thanks to PlayStation’s support and recognition, we are able to do just that.”

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