Monday 19 August 2019

Vodafone Ireland addresses widening gender gap in STEM careers with new #CodeLikeaGirl student programme

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

An new initiative has been launched by Vodafone Ireland which aims to teach teenage girls how to code.

A number of week-long coding student workshops, which are delivered by Vodafone employees, are taking place in schools all across Ireland.

The #CodeLikeaGirl scheme is being run in partnership with CodeFirst: Girls and supported by Technology and the Women’s Network.

Female students will be given the opportunity to learn the basics of computer languages and development programmes, with the aim of building a website upon completion.

The first workshop took place last week with 20 girls from Cabinteely Community School ranging in age from 14 to 16.

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#CodeLikeaGirl aims to encourage more young girls to consider a career in STEM in the future, and further workshops with schools across the country are planned for early 2018.

Over 120,000 people in Ireland working directly in roles requiring STEM experience but just 25pc of those working in this area are women.

In 2015 only 5.3pc of Leaving Certificate engineering students were girls and boys outnumbered girls 3:1 in technology subjects.

"In recent years, there has been significant progress in closing the global gender gap in various aspects of society. However, in many countries, the gap is widening in STEM careers," James Magill, Human Resources Director at Vodafone said.

"#CodeLikeaGirl aims to help close that gap here in Ireland and show young girls that a future in STEM is an exciting prospect."

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