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Oct 11

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Women in IT: 360 GSP commitment

IT and digital jobs are gender-neutral in nature and the employers do not differentiate between male and female while employing them. However, only 17% of IT professionals in the UK are women, but more and more female quotas are needed in the technology sector to fill the skills gap. The problem is particularly acute in technology-focused professions, where it is both difficult to recruit women into technology roles and to encourage them to stay in technology.

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As a result, several tech-savvy women are being employed and they are achieving great results, such as cleaning marketplace app Hassle.com founder Alex Depledge, and tech startup founder Entrepreneur First Alice Bentinck, who received MBEs for services to the sharing economy and to business, respectively.

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At 360 GSP we are committed to driving gender diversity in the workplace and we believe that when women are supported, encouraged, and funded to lead, they always excel. Sherran Sirah and Kaajal Bhudia are two of the many students that 360 GSP has successfully trained and placed into the industry in the last 14 years. They did not have any IT background, but they now both work as IT First Line Support Technicians in the education sector.

We offered a support network to help and mentor them so that they could progress in a male dominated industry in a bid to tackle this shortage.

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“I joined 360 GSP about 9 months ago and within 2 months I was already put in touch with a school based in Kingsbury for work experience – Sherran told us -. After I completed the six week work experience they hired me in their IT department on a permanent basis. During that time I continued studying at 360 GSP and I’m now MCSA Certified.”

“360 GSP played a key role: I had no IT background and I didn’t know how to configure or troubleshoot and in just two days a week they assisted me and guide me step by step into the IT avenue – Kaajal told us -. They offered me CV building workshops, career advice, interview preparation and real-life work experience. Thanks to 360 GSP I was hired in the IT department of a special needs school and I am know very happy.”

 

The companies that are most successful at recruiting women do not rely on word of mouth or personal contacts to advertise positions, but advertise vacancies as widely as possible, a CEB research revealed. For this reason, our dedicated Recruitment team works alongside organisations across the UK to determine what employers are looking for to ensure that your career path will lead you to securing a job in IT. Our experienced team will work with you every step of the way to guide you through what you need to get working.

If you have decided that you want to pursue a career in IT, you can visit our website to find out more about our training courses contact us today on 020 8672 4151 or hello@360gsp.com.

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