Featurespace Joins PWC Tech She Can Charter, Promoting Female Role Models in the Technology Sector
Featurespace is proudly supporting the Tech She Can Charter as part of ongoing efforts to encourage and support more women into technical careers.
PWC launched the programme in 2018, after conducting a study which revealed that only 27% of female students (A-level and University) would consider a career in technology, compared to 61% of Males. Only 3% listed technology as their first choice.
As students progress to their careers, the gap continues to widen - according to the Women's Engineering Society (WES), just 15% of the people working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) roles across the UK are female.
With the demand for technology skills reaching a critical level, it is vital to foster an inclusive and sustainable talent pool in the UK, helping position the country at the forefront of innovation post-Brexit.
To this end, Charter Organisations from around the country will work together to generate a lasting increase in the number of females pursuing technology careers and share best practice. As part of this initiative, members will aim to address the issue of a lack of female role models within technology - PwC's research also revealed that only 22 per cent of students could name a female working in technology, but two thirds were able to name a famous man working in the sector.
Featurespace CEO, Martina King said “We are a machine learning company built by people for people. There are a variety of roles – technical and non-technical – where our team members are able to make a considerable difference to our company's success.
“Having worked across many sectors embracing media, services, retail, charitable and leisure, I can vouch for the technology sector being the most exciting and vibrant of them all.
“We welcome diversity in all of its wonderful nuances and applaud PWC for this exciting initiative to encourage young women to consider a career in technology: we need you!"
To learn more follow #TechSheCan on Twitter - or check out some of the amazing women making an impact in the fight against fraud below!