The RISE of a Tech GirlForce event comes to London

The event, run by Talent RISE UK, is inspired by the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child, and aims to introduce disadvantaged young women to opportunities in tech

Talent RISE is delighted to announce an event on the 21st of November at Pop Brixton, London, in partnership with Karismatic Minds and TSIP. The event, named ‘The RISE of a Tech GirlForce’ will bring together young women from disadvantaged backgrounds and female staff from across Talent’s UK offices on the 21st of November to share their perceptions and experiences of working within the tech sector.

This year’s theme for the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child, celebrated on October 11, is ‘With Her: A Skilled Girl Force’. The UN notes that girls are preparing to enter a world of work that is being transformed by innovation and automation. Educated and skilled workers are in great demand, but roughly a quarter of young people – most of them female – are currently neither employed or in education or training.

Talent RISE aims to start building a platform to engage more young women within the tech industry in the UK, and this event is inspired by the International Day of the Girl Child, and the UN’s initiative.

The aim is for female staff and external guests to act as role models to the young women, inspiring them to consider a career within the tech sector by highlighting the opportunities that exist. By sharing their own lived experiences and lessons learned, female staff and external guests will also educate the young women, providing them with an honest view of the challenges they will face and how these might be tackled.

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In the UK tech sector women are outnumbered by men by four to one. The average age of tech employees is also over 35. – Andy Chaggar, Talent RISE UK

The event will help to develop a positive awareness amongst young women about the overall tech sector, as well as develop their understanding of the some of the barriers and complexities faced by women in the tech sector and empower them to work towards employment and training opportunities within the tech industry.

Talent RISE UK Director, Andy Chaggar, said: “We’re excited to be running this event for many reasons. In the UK tech sector women are outnumbered by men by four to one. The average age of tech employees is also over 35.”

“So, to help inspire more young women, especially those with barriers to employment, to consider a career in the sector is amazing. We’ve also recently brought RISE’s innovative model to the UK, so to be able to announce this as our first event is brilliant.”

For more information on Talent RISE’s mission and programmes, visit
https://talentrise.org/or get in touch with:

Talent RISE UK Director Andy Chaggar, andy.chaggar@talentrise.org

Talent RISE UK Programme Manager Shaun Danquah, shaun.danquah@talentrise.org

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