Today we are recognising The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, because at present, only around 30% of all female students select Science, Technology Engineering or Maths related fields in higher education.
This day was established 5 years ago, and it recognizes the critical role women and girls play in science and technology. With gender equality being a global priority to all, today was implemented by UNESCO and UN-Women with an aim to promote women and girls into science.
At Vodafone, we’re working hard to make sure we’re supporting more women and girls into science and technology through a number of initiatives:
- Vodafone have publicly pledged to be the world’s employer for women by 2025 globally!
- In terms of recruitment, we aim for 50/50 gender split for candidate shortlists
- Providing flexible working practices and our award winning ReConnect programme helps women who want to work in the Tech space a flexible way of re-entering the workplace. You can find out more about this programme here.
And finally in the Future Talent space…
- Code Like A Girl – Teaching female students all the digital and coding skills they need for the workplace. In the past 3 years, 162 girls have completed the course.
- App in a Day Workshops – As part of the Digital Creators’ Challenge, we ran ‘App in a Day’ workshops where students learnt how to code their own app. In total, 131 females attended these workshops.
- Insight Days for local schools – An ongoing work experience initiative that shows children how exciting and innovative it is to work for a TechComms trailblazer, empowering female students to consider working in areas they haven’t before!
For more information about the International Day of Women and Girls in Science please visit: https://www.un.org/en/events/women-and-girls-in-science-day/
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