Celebrated around the world on the fourth Thursday in April, International Girls in ICT Day aims to encourage girls and young women to consider studies and careers in ICT.
Women are under-represented in IT occupations and make up just 17% of IT specialists working in the UK. Ayrshire College promotes International Girls in ICT Day every year, highlighting the need to promote career opportunities for girls and women in the world’s fastest growing sector.
Digital skills are increasingly important, according to a new survey conducted across the UK by the British Chambers of Commerce. The findings, found that 83% of companies say digital and IT skills are more important to their business than two years ago, with nearly half saying these skills are significantly more important.
However, the survey also found that more than 80% of businesses are facing a shortage of digital skills in their workforce. With over 12,000 new jobs predicted each year in Scotland, there has never been a better time to start a career in digital technologies.
Why consider a career in ICT?
Scotland is a hot-bed of digital technology and home to some of the most innovative tech companies in the world. Billion dollar businesses like SkyScanner and FanDuel are based in Scotland. Global tech players like Microsoft and Amazon have major tech hubs here too.
Innovative tech businesses are being created across the country. And thousands of businesses in financial services, the creative industries, life sciences and the public sector depend on tech professionals to deliver their services.
We are running an industry-supported #ThisAyrshireGirlCan Technology Workout which will take place at our Kilmarnock Campus on Wednesday 14 June.
In partnership with SmartSTEMS, a charity established to encourage more girls into science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the event will introduce female pupils in first and second year at secondary school to the many career options available in STEM.
The pupils will see and experience technology in a whole new light, learning from leading companies about the exciting and diverse opportunities that STEM offers, as well as the many high value jobs which they can aspire to.
At the #ThisAyrshireGirlCan Technology Workout, female pupils will hear from inspirational speakers Jo Watts, Principal of Customer Analytics at Dufrain Consulting and Wendy Pring, Managing Director at KCP Environmental Services.
Most of the day will be about taking part in a wide variety of interactive workshops run by companies, learning to code at our award winning CoderDojo Ayrshire club and exploring interactive exhibits.
Ayrshire College encourages girls and young women to take advantage of the increasing opportunities in digital occupations. This event will help inform young people about careers in computing and STEM as they start to make subject choices at school.
Register here before Friday 9 June 2107
Find out more
Take a look at some of our videos and blog posts from women in computing in the past twelve months.
Claire Beattie – Service Desk Analyst at brightsolid, an award winning company which provides data centre and cloud services.
Heather Traher – Senior User Experience Researcher at Google