Technology diversity group Tech She Can Charter reaches 128 signatories

Sep 02, 2019

The Tech She Can Charter, a group of organisations who have pledged to work together to tackle gender imbalance in the technology industry, has reached 128 signatories. The group, launched with 18 signatories in February 2018, is made up of businesses of all sizes from industries including professional services, aviation, technology, banking, media and many others. 

The Tech She Can Charter is a commitment by organisations to work together to increase the number of women working in technology roles in the UK. It aims to tackle the root cause of the problem at a societal level by inspiring and educating young girls and women to get into tech careers and sharing best practice across the organisations involved. 

Each of the signatories agree to work on streams of activity together. These include: 

  • Supporting policy - Leading the diversity debate alongside educators and policymakers. Building relationships and raising awareness of the initiative with prospective supporters;

  • Improve education - Providing inspiring educational content for teachers, careers advisers, parents and pupils to bring the technology curriculum to life and show young people, especially girls, the possibility that a career in technology can bring;

  • An image overhaul - Profile inspiring and relatable role models to encourage children and young adults - especially girls - by showing the breadth of career opportunities available in technology. 

Over the past 12 months, a schools engagement pilot called ‘Tech We Can’ has benefitted 726 10-13 year old students from nine schools across the UK. The programme provides teachers with female-friendly lesson plans, giving both the boys and girls in their classrooms an insight into what a career in technology means and why it’s a great future career option for people from all backgrounds. The lessons have been developed by a teacher who has joined The Tech She Can Charter and is an education consultant from PwC. 

Sheridan Ash, Tech She Can founder and Technology Innovation and Women in Technology leader, at PwC UK, commented:

“Our Tech She Can vision is for women to play an equal part in influencing the technology that is shaping our world.  The Charter was born out of our research showing that just 27% of young females would consider a career in technology, compared to 62% of young men. Only 3% of women told us a career in technology would be their first choice. 

Recent press articles report a decline in the number of girls choosing to study ICT or computing at GCSE - three times more boys than girls took these exams in 2019. This issue has never been more important and the Charter’s work aims to address this. It’s fantastic to have Santander, AMEX, Rolls Royce, Accenture, Micro Focus and KPMG sign up to the Charter recently, as it’s only through collaboration that we can improve the gender balance in the UK’s technology workforce which will benefit all businesses and wider society.”

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Notes to editors

  1. To find out more about the Tech She Can Charter, visit https://www.pwc.co.uk/who-we-are/women-in-technology/tech-she-can-charter.html

  2. Current Tech She Can signatories are: Akkroo, Alexander Mann Solutions, Alfa Financial Software,  Amble, American Express, AND digital, Apps for Good, Arm, Autumn Live, Barclays, BAE Systems, Baltic Training, BBBA Awards, British Science Association, Business 3.0 , Capita, Career accelerator, Caterham School, Channel 4, Churchill College, Close Brothers, Cloud Gateway, Colorintech, Colt Data Services, Colt Technology Services, Connect TVT, Computacenter, Computer Fitness, Corndel, Coventry Building Society, Credit Suisse, CW Jobs, DevelopHer, Digital Jam, Dimension Data, Education Business Partnership, EH booth, everywoman, Exate Technology, Estio Training, Fdisruptors, Featurespace, FICO, Foundation for Digital Creativity, Future First, Founder4Schools, Geeky Girl Reality, Girls Who Code, Globalcap, Girlguiding, Humanity X, ICAEW, Insight, InnovateHer, Inspire!, InteriMarket, Inviqa, JP Morgan, Justeat, Kaspersky, KPMG, Lewis, Like Minded Females, LV=General Insurance, Makers Academy, Maydens Academy, MBDA, Micro Focus, Mindcast, Mindscape AI, Missive, Modern Muse, Morgan Mckinley, Morgan Stanley, Money.co.uk, Mudano, NatWest, Nesta, Netsells, Okto Technologies, Onecom, One HealthTech, Oracle, Oxfam, PlayConsult, Power Speaking, ProspectSoft, PwC, Pyson, Queen Mary’s College, Royal Air Force, Ramsac, Reading room, Redington, REED, Rolls-Royce, Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, RSL, Sanctuary Housing Group, SANs Institute, Santander, ServiceNow, Smoothwall, Sophos , Sopra Steria Recruitment, Starling Bank, STEM learning, Surround Vision, Tata Consultancy Services, Tesco, Tech Girls , Tech Talent Charter, Technojobs, Totally money, Tradify, Transformation Trust, T Systems, UST Global, Virtual Umbrella, Vitae Jobs, Volume AI, Wavestone, Wayfinderwoman Trust, WeAreTheCity, Welsh Data Science Graduate Programme, WISE, Worldpay, Xero, Zen, ZPG, (Zoopla), YouEqual Tech

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