Category: Talent and Skills

West Midlands bootcamps to create opportunities for Black women to get into tech.

The Founders of Niyo Enterprise are empowering black women through technology by kick starting the ‘Black Disruptor’ Accelerator. Sponsored by the West Midlands Combined Authority, Niyo Network has secured a contract to facilitate Accelerator Bootcamps that are uniquely designed for the benefit of Black female business founders and Black females changing to careers in tech within the West Midlands. The first of these bootcamp accelerators will be launching in May 2021.

Black women are still heavily under-represented in IT & Tech roles; in comparison, across other occupations, their level of representation is 2.5 times higher (according to BCS chartered Institute for IT). The Black Disruptor Accelerator programme has been designed to specifically target this issue head on by taking on women who would not be able to afford learning to help them develop skills in AR & VR by offering training and providing job readiness for the tech industry for free.

Find out more about the ‘Black Disruptor’ Accelerator.

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Roundtable 8 – Women in technology

In our eighth roundtable session as part of the national Recovery Roadmap program, the group discussed how Women are underrepresented in tech — a recent poll said only 8% of women hold tech roles as software engineers. A diverse workforce makes better businesses; how do we work better to support marginalised talent to step up and lead in the public & private sector? What role does technology play in improving our businesses and organisations?

We are significantly pushing women out. We are already falling behind in terms of skills and making progress in this space. If you look at the data around women in STEM, the progress we’ve been making on getting young women into STEM is 0.25% each year, for the past four years. So in four years, we’ve increased the number of women in STEM by 1%.

Zara Nanu, Global Future Council at World Economic Forum, CEO at Gapsquare

Watch the roundtable discussion

In the UKTCG’s third roundtable event, a panel of experts explore how digital skills and capabilities will be essential in the new normal enabling the UK’s economic recovery.

  1. Ben Shorrock, Managing Director TechSPARK, UKTCG Steering Board
  2. Sarah Fry, Research & Development, TechnologyOne
  3. Zara Nanu, Global Future Council at World Economic Forum, CEO at Gapsquare
  4. Marina Traversari, Global Head of Startup Ecosystem, Telecom Infra Project
  5. Katie Gallagher, MD, Manchester Director, Director Digital Her
  6. Lucy Paine, Director, Tech Swindon
  7. Jess Philips, Enterprise Innovation Manager, Tramshed Tech

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Roundtable 7 – Reskilling to drive technology employment

In our seventh  roundtable session as part of the national Recovery Roadmap program, the group discussed how stakeholders from across government, local authorities, and enterprise partnerships help us to create awareness of the jobs available in the tech sector and to undertake positive action to reskill people to fill these roles.

We  do lots of research, but also,  part of the purpose of our pilots will be gathering further information about skills need. These projects are quite short, a year or 18 months, so we’ll have good needs information from business and better be  able to identify the plans for bigger programmes. Alongside this we have skills boards made up of industry leaders in different sectors advising us.

Jane Vivian People and Skills Programme Manager, West of England Combined Authority

Watch the roundtable discussion

In the UKTCG’s third roundtable event, a panel of experts explore how digital skills and capabilities will be essential in the new normal enabling the UK’s economic recovery.

  1. Ben Shorrock, Managing Director TechSPARK, UKTCG Steering Board 
  2. Jonathan Williamson, SaaS Platform Director, TechnologyOne 
  3.  Scott Murphy, Managing Director, HdE TALENT 
  4. Robert Walker, Strategic Project Manager Digital Skills for Employability, Sheffield City Council 
  5. Rob Dawson, Enterprise Officer, Bath & North East Somerset Council 
  6. Caitlin Davies  Senior Manager Economy Skills and Natural Resources, Welsh Government 
  7. Jane Vivian, People and Skills Programme Manager, West of England Combined Authority

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The 2021 Skills Audit

Find out about the results of our 2021 skills audit of more than 800 tech businesses and professionals.

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