BBC launches scheme to get women into tech careers

A new scheme from the BBC will enable women looking to move into a career in software engineering to gain the skills they need to do so, as applications open today for this year’s Step Into Tech scheme.

Following a hugely successful pilot last year, the scheme aims to help increase the number of women working in the technology sector – which has been to date dominated by men. It has been designed for women who may be returning to work after a break, college leavers and career changers.

The scheme covers subjects such as working with websites, applications, cloud-based services and databases as well as introducing candidates to coding and responsive design.

Matthew Postgate, Chief Technology and Product Officer for the BBC, says: “We want to ensure that everyone can shape the future of technology so that everyone can benefit. Women are underrepresented in the sector overall and the BBC, like many other employers in the industry, want to change this. This scheme gives the perfect grounding to women from all walks of life for a new career in technology.”

Emma, who completed the scheme early this year, says: “When I heard I had been selected to join the first Step Into Tech programme I was so excited to get started. I have always wanted to get into technology but didn’t know how I could break into the industry without going to university. This programme is giving me the opportunity to learn the skills required to get started in a technology career.”

To apply, click here

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