She Codes Flash is coming back to the WA regions this year thanks to the support of the Pilbara Development Commission, BHP and the WEB Business Hub!
Kicking off at the WEB Business Hub this November, we’re excited to continue growing our regional footprint and deliver our programs to those living in the Pilbara. Having already completed a few regional programs in the past, it’s no secret that there’s a demand from women to learn technical skills across regional WA.
For those unsure, Flash is our one week, tech taster program that caters to women of all backgrounds, teaching the basics of the key emerging fields in tech. This program currently focuses on Python fundamentals, web development, algorithms and data, as well as offering participants a glimpse into hardware. No prior experience in tech is needed, just access to a laptop and a willingness to learn a new skill.
We’ve run 6 Flash programs across WA and into the regions since 2019, and have been able to reach 75 women so far. Since finishing Flash, 4 alumni have gone on to further study in the Plus program, 3 have joined the teaching team, and we are hearing every day about examples of tech skills coming into play in work and life. In our six month program Plus, we’ve seen over 55% of our graduates secure employment in technical roles, and many of our alumni come back to mentor and support new participants.
“After watching the confidence of women in the regions grow during our last program, I am really excited to bring the program back for the second time.” She Codes Founder, Kate Kirwin says.
We hope to encourage more women to explore career opportunities and business developments in the field of STEM and tech innovation. The enthusiasm for learning beginner level coding is infectious, Kate tells us. “We had girls as young as 9 creating websites at our recent regional workshops, and I can’t wait to see this enthusiasm transfer to our longer programs.”
Applications are now open for this program, apply here!