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PwC-backed tech charter launches free lessons in UK schools

Sep 25
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The Tech She Can Charter has made a range of digital lesson plans freely available to all schools across the UK.

Tech She Can is a commitment by organisations to increase the number of women working in technology roles in the UK by tackling the root causes of the gender disparity in the sector.

It was launched after PwC research revealed that:

  • 27 per cent of women would consider a career in technology, compared to 62 per cent of men.
  • Only three per cent of women say a career in tech is their first choice.
  • 16 per cent of women have had technology suggested to them as a career, compared to 33 per cent of men.

Following a series of successful pilots, the full rollout of the lesson plans means they are now available to all schools via an online portal.

The plans are proven to encourage participants to consider a career in technology, with more than 90 per cent of students who had taken one of the lessons saying they enjoyed it.

Before taking part, 43 per cent of students said they would consider a career in technology, but this rose to 57 per cent after the lesson. The proportion who could name a famous woman working in technology increased from 16 per cent to 61 per cent upon completion of the course.

Sheridan Ash, technology innovation and women in technology leader at PwC UK, and founder of the Tech She Can Charter, said: "The number and breadth of organisations now supporting the Tech She Can Charter means we're now in a position to reach many more schools across the UK with our lesson plans.

"It's great to see signatories from across different industries working together to share our knowledge of what it's like to work in technology with teachers and parents. Our aim is to inspire more girls at school to consider studying computer science and a career in technology when they finish education."

Ms Ash stressed that tech and innovation are critical to the future success of British business and the economy, so it's vital that young people are "ready for the world of work in the fourth industrial revolution".

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