Government-backed initiative aims to attract women back into IT

A government-backed initiative has been launched to try to persuade women who have left IT after taking a career break to return to the industry.

A government-backed initiative has been launched to try to persuade women who have left IT after taking a career break to return to the industry.

The programme, from IT consultancy ThoughtWorks, will include two training placements at its London offices over a two-month period.

If successful, the candidates could be offered roles at the company. The initiative is sponsored by Equalitec, a UK not-for-profit organisation that aims to assist in the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in IT.

"We do not want to accept that there are not enough women in IT - we want to do something about it," said John Galioto, UK managing director at ThoughtWorks.

"Women who work as developers and then take a career break have tremendous value and ability that we want to help bring back into IT.

"The industry moves so quickly that one year out can mean many new technologies missed, deterring many women from returning. We are offering an intensive training course to bridge that gap."

The course will be free for delegates, with financial support provided by ThoughtWorks and Equalitec, subject to entry requirements.

Maggie Berry, director of IT careers advice portal Womenintechnology.co.uk, said, "By focusing on this massive untapped resource, ThoughtWorks is helping to highlight just how rewarding a career in IT can be for women who have stepped out of the industry."

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