100,000 girls sign up for computer clubs

The Computer Clubs for Girls programme, run by the IT sector skills council E-Skills UK, has signed up its 100,000 girls.

The Computer Clubs for Girls programme, run by the IT sector skills council E-Skills UK, has signed up its 100,000 girls.

The project aims to get more girls aged between 10 and 14 involved and interested in IT. School clubs held after the day's classes provide girls with creative and interactive activities focusing on areas such as fashion, celebrity, crime scene investigation and music. Employers have also been involved, running workshops and providing role models for the girls.

E-Skills UK said about 1,000 girls a week join the clubs, with 58% of secondary schools in England involved. The scheme was set up in 2005 to address the low numbers of women entering the IT profession. About 18% of the IT workforce is female.

Karen Price, chief executive at E-Skills UK, said, "Computer Clubs for Girls gives girls an insight into the relevance of IT to every aspect of our lives and a better understanding of the career options available.

"It also builds skills confidence that will support these girls throughout their future lives. Many employers have given their time and resources to help achieve the phenomenal success of the programme."

Jayne Miles, IT infrastructure manager at motor manufacturer Ford, said, "We are delighted to support Computer Clubs for Girls. The UK urgently needs more talented young women to consider careers in technology. Computer Clubs for Girls is vital in achieving this, introducing girls to IT in fun and inspiring ways. It also provides an ideal opportunity for us to support our local schools and community. We encourage our staff to get involved with Computer Clubs for Girls and they find the experience very rewarding."

E-Skills UK said more than 66% of girls who participate in the programme say they would be more likely to consider a career in IT.

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