New partnership with Code First Girls to help tackle tech gender skills gap

Six young women are to be funded on three-month CFG degrees

Findmypast, a tech-driven SaaS business, has announced a new strategic partnership with Code First Girls (CFG), a UK-based social enterprise that provides tech training for women, to help tackle the UK’s gender skills gap in technology.

Through the partnership, Findmypast will fund six young women on three-month CFG Degrees.

Findmypast will also be providing further funding for 135 candidates with places on the eight-week CFG Kickstarter developer course, which helps students learn the fundamentals of programming.

According to Findmypast, currently only 24% of individuals in UK STEM roles are female, meaning women are still severely under-represented in the sector.

Findmypast and Code First Girls are both dedicated to encouraging more women to pursue a career in tech and the strategic partnership will help support Findmypast’s diversity and inclusion working group in its efforts to create an inclusive environment.

Tamsin Todd, CEO at Findmypast, said: “We’re delighted to announce our new partnership with Code First Girls as part of our commitment to support more women entering the tech industry.

“It is critically important at a time when women’s careers have been particularly hampered by the pandemic that we continue to create the conditions for women to thrive in tech companies.

“While there is still much more work to be done, I am looking forward to working with Anna Brailsford to bring more women to the sector.”

Anna Brailsford, CEO, Code First Girls, also said: “Our Code First Girls graduates go on to build exciting careers at Findmypast, creating strong economic opportunities for women in tech, and transforming local economies and communities.

“Code First Girls is on a mission to close the gender gap in tech, and this support from Findmypast will boost employability, diversity and social mobility across the UK.”

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