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College addresses gender imbalance in digital sector

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5th February 2019

The City of Liverpool College will hold a ‘women only’ digital skills day on 22 February which aims to tackle the gender imbalance in the country’s digital industry.

Young women invited to the event at the College’s Digital Academy (Myrtle Street campus), will meet women leaders from businesses in the region who will highlight the opportunities open to them in the digital sector. The leaders, who include Chelsea Slater, founder of InnovateHer and Zoe Wallace, director of Agent Marketing, will also outline how the College can support young women to pursue a career in this fast growing industry.

College Principal, Elaine Bowker, said: “As the first college in the country to create a dedicated digital academy – which offers young people coding, software development and a range of digital skills – we want to make sure that anyone with an interest in the digital sector has the opportunity to pursue it as a career.

“There is a common misconception that digitally-focused courses and qualifications are targeted at male students, but our courses are carefully designed to ensure that whatever aspect of the digital sector you are interested in, there is something to suit your skills.”

Chelsea Slater is the co-founder of InnovateHer, which is creating a UK-wide network of schools-based Academies to tackle inequality and improve young people’s life chances, which aims to help the UK compete on the digital world stage.  Chelsea said: “Digital skills are needed in every business, whatever the sector. Whether it’s building websites, graphic design, or computer games design, there are a huge range of careers available and so many opportunities that gaining a digital qualification can bring.

“It’s fantastic that The City of Liverpool College is leading the way in our City Region to encourage young women to pursue a career in the digital field.”

Current figures shows that women account for 20 percent of computer science entries at GCSE, and only 10 percent at A-level; with  30,000 fewer females taking computing qualification at GCSE or above compared with 2014.

 

 

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