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Perth{Web}Girls: Bridging the Gender Gap in Tech

According to the Industry Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum, women currently make up the majority of those enrolled in university in nearly 100 countries. Despite this fact, “expanding the talent pool” lags behind as a perceived rationale for promoting gender parity. As market forces transform industries to favour technological skills, women only hold 26 percent of all tech jobs across the developed world.

By
Kate Kirwin
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on
February 26, 2018

Spacecubed aims to address this issue by hosting a free bi-annual event Perth{Web}Girls (PWG), to encourage female participants to learn how to code with no experience necessary. The last event hosted at FLUX at the end of March received registrations reaching over capacity, so we were thrilled to see the number of members interested in getting into the tech field. Thanks to the sponsors and suppliers BHP, Robert Walters, RAC, Thoughtworks, The Python Software Foundation, Lara Dwyer of The Wise Tribe Movement, and Cocoa + Spice we were able to host this incredible opportunity and allow more than 100 females to come together to learn how to code. 

 

"Spacecubed has been running PWG in Perth for 2 years now, we are overwhelmed by the support and interest from the Perth community. This event had over 180 applications for women who are interesting in upskilling and reskilling in coding. We were really excited to see our first participant come full circle, from attending an event as a beginner, going through a 3-month coding boot camp and internship, to employment, and returning this year as a PWG mentor. For me, this is such a heartwarming story, and I'm really excited to see more women in the industry." says Kate Kirwin, organiser of the last PWG event.

The event followed with an abundance of survey responses from attendees which highlighted the need for continued learning and mentorship. 

So what's next?

Office Hours Mentoring Sessions are available for previous attendees of Perth Web Girls - Mondays between 9:00am - 12 noon at FLUX Basement. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from BHP mentors one-on-one and ask any follow-up questions you may have from previous workshops. 

Perth{Web}Girls level-up course - Plans are underway for a follow-up course to Perth{Web}Girls. Please email carolina@spacecubed.com if you are interested in an opportunity like this and to stay tuned.

Robert Walters announces an internship opportunity for participants of Perth{Web}Girls. IT recruitment specialist Jordan O’Halloran, says “As a direct result of Digital Automation and more investment in technology across all industries, the demand for talent in tech is high both locally and internationally. By working with Perth Web Girls we aim to directly impact this demand whilst improving innovation and creativity by channelling the right talent into the right organisations to build diverse and high performing teams.” Email Jordan.OHalloran@robertwalters.com.au to find out more.

PWG South West - Proposals are in the works to have Perth{Web}Girls launched in the South West regions of WA.

The next Perth{Web}Girls event is due to happen in Perth in November so stay tuned!