Tech Partnership makes TechFuture Girls coding clubs free for schools

Coding clubs for girls free to schools for one year as employers offer up sponsorship

The Tech Partnership is now offering its TechFuture Girls computing clubs free of charge to all schools, after its employer network provided sponsorship.

The sponsorship from employers has enabled Tech Partnership to waive the licence fee for all schools in the academic year 2014-15.

The Tech Partnership is a network of employers that aim to create the skills needed to grow the global digital economy.

Sponsorship from businesses including HP, BT, National Grid and Oracle mean more than 20,000 schools will have access to the programme without charge.

In July 2014, the Tech Partnership network was awarded £18m by the government to bolster the UK’s digital skills development through new education and skills opportunities.

The TechFuture Girls clubs were previously known as CC4G and are aimed at teaching girls aged between 10 and 14 digital skills during lunchtime or after-school sessions.

Since its launch in 2005, more than 150,000 girls have taken part in the clubs, participating in activities, games and projects. The material taught at the clubs is developed in collaboration with employers that are part of the Tech Partnership and teaches skills including coding, cyber security, data management and video editing.

Senior vice-president of HP Enterprise Services for the UK and Ireland Jacqui Ferguson said by investing in TechFuture Girls, the supplier hopes to help create a diverse, inclusive environment “by engaging girls at the very age they start to disengage from the subject of technology.”

She added: “HP staff will also have the opportunity to volunteer at local TechFuture Girls, where they will support teachers in delivering resources and serve as role models for the girls. We’re delighted to help make the successful TechFuture Girls programme available more widely.”

Secretary of state for education and minister for women and equalities Nicky Morgan MP said not enough girls study computing or coding, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) subjects, and too few continue into technology careers.

"We’re committed to the highest quality technology education for all students," she said. "Initiatives like TechFuture will help to inspire young women to get the vital skills needed for these careers.”

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