Half of schools run computer clubs for girls

Nearly half of all UK secondary schools are now involved in an employer-backed initiative to get more girls involved in IT

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Nearly half of all UK secondary schools are now involved in an employer-backed initiative to get more girls involved in IT.

IT employers such as British Airways, IBM, Cisco Systems and MTV are closely involved with the programme, which involves 94,000 girls at 49% of secondary schools and 17% of primary schools.

The Computer Clubs for Girls (CC4G) initiative, created by IT-sector skills council E-Skills UK, is an after-school programme aimed at changing the way girls think about technology and IT-related careers.

CC4G gets girls involved with computer technology by showing them how IT can be used in ways that interest them - for instance, through music, fashion, celebrity and design - and in some schools it has been integrated into the curriculum.

E-Skills UK said, "About 150,000 entrants to the IT workforce are required each year. Currently, less than one in five of the IT workforce is female. Drawing new talent into the IT workforce is vital to its renewal and growth."

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