Kickstarting careers in tech for women

A free 12-week course aimed at women from ethnic minority groups is helping participants gain qualifications and make the most of their skills

DIGITAL WORKFORCE: Back row, left to right, Otis Thomas (TAP), Leon Robinson (Red Hat trainer), Patricia Keating (from Tech Manchester); front row, left to right, Angeli Sweeney (TAP), Natalie Jameson (The Heroworx Institute)

A MANCHESTER-BASED consortium has launched a free 12-week course to help women kickstart a career in tech.

Particularly aimed at women from ethnic minority groups, the funded programme will give participants the technical qualifications and support to turn their new skills into a career for the digital workforce.

Working in conjunction with The Heroworx Institute, Tech Manchester and UKFast, The African Pot Project Ltd (TAP) spearheaded the initiative in order to combat the under-representation in this field and together they successfully applied for funding.

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TAP director Angeli Sweeney said: “I attended a South Manchester business networking event and connected with Patricia Keating from Tech Manchester.

“I asked her what were they doing to bridge the gap in regards to a lack of diversity especially as their organisation is in the Hulme/Moss Side area.

“They invited me in and explained about their current programmes, which included working with an organisation called Solidarity in Tech.

“They later invited us back in to discuss creating a consortium and applying from a pot of funding from Greater Manchester Combined Authority to counteract this issue.”

Although the course is open to women throughout Greater Manchester, priority will be given to candidates from…

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