On Tuesday 31 January 2017, techUK and the WISE Campaign announced plans for the People Like Me resources to go digital at an event hosted by CA Technologies.
The event was opened by techUK President Jacqueline de Rojas who stressed the importance of diversity and digital skills for the future digital economy. Below, Jacqueline summarises her key messages in a video.
CEO of The Wise Campaign Helen Wollaston then presented, sharing stark statistics about girls participation in STEM subjects – for instance just 7% of girls move into higher STEM programmes against 24% of boys on the same path – and how the People Like Me pack aims to address this disparity. Hear from Helen on why collaboration is key to achieve gender parity in STEM.
Finally, we were joined by an expert panel hosted by ComputerWeekly’s Clare McDonald which featured:
- Professor Averil Macdonald OBE
- Paula Kennedy, Deputy Head, Testwood School
- Paul Briault, Senior Director, CA Technologies
- Oran Blackwood, Youth and Inclusion Projects, ELATT Foundation
- Sarah Atkinson, VP Communications, CA Technologies & techUK Board Member
The panel session covered a wide range of issues, including how industry and schools could better collaborate, the tangible benefit of People Like Me seen in school girls, and how to create the best workplace culture.
The event closed with a call to action to find a further seven sponsors to ensure the digital project is rolled out to 200,000 female students over the next five years. To find out more about the project and to get involved, get in touch with Doniya Soni.