Australia is facing a massive skills gap in technology, with 200,000 more workers estimated to be needed in tech by 2025 and businesses are on a mission to fill this pipeline with local and diverse talent, with many looking critically at their diversity metrics and talent acquisition pathways.
With the demand for technical talent by employers rapidly increasing, and this skills gap continuing to emerge, particularly in software development, data analytics and cyber security, there is more to be done by corporate, industry and government in bridging this gap.
We’re excited to announce a recent, strategic partnership with local social gaming company Virtual Gaming Worlds to support them in their growth and expansion plans, specifically in the Sydney market. Through this partnership, VGW will invest in the development of their talent, as well as upskilling the community through our Plus program designed for aspiring junior developers. “At VGW, we recognise that gender balance is critical in our teams and we want to empower females and provide them with pathways to pursue a career in the tech industry. It’s also important that we provide ongoing educational support to allow our women to continue to thrive in the workplace,” said VGW’s Chief People Officer Yvette Mandanas.
The launch of She Codes Plus, in Sydney, comes at the perfect time. Remote working opportunities allow for technical talent to work from anywhere, but supporting them within their local communities creates a sticky market that keeps our talent local. “We love seeing our graduates working for global companies, but it’s even better when we can find them a post-program job placement with a local team. The support, connections and community you get from working alongside other coworkers is unmatched, and avoids the ‘digital divide’ we’ve seen emerge post COVID-19.” She Codes founder, Kate Kirwin shares.
She Codes alumni, Bronwyn Achemedei, who now works as a software developer at VGW post-program, shared with us how great the program was for her development. “I bang on about how good the Learning and Development program was for me. It gave me the confidence to feel like I can make meaningful contributions to the team and be an active participant in decision making processes.” She shared.
Fully-funded scholarships are available in the Plus program. To find out more about the upcoming program launch in Sydney, and if you qualify for a spot in the program, come along to our Free Information Session on June 21st. RSVP for free here.