24 September 2013
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT is encouraging entrants to apply for The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards 2014 which are now open for nominations.
This is the fourth year that BCS has sponsored the Awards, which aim to raise the profile of women pursuing a career in technology and highlight the diverse career options IT offers, ranging from programming, gaming and data processing, to support services such as marketing and finance.
The Awards celebrate the best female talent in technology, whether as entrepreneurs or within companies. This year, the Awards include a new category - ‘start-up founder of the year’ for a business that has been trading for less than two years.
Technology offers impressive salaries, opportunities for travel, many options for freelance and self-employment as well as flexible working conditions. However, despite this, statistics show that women are being deterred from pursuing a career in technology, and this trend begins in the classroom.
Figures show that in 2012-13, 37% of girls gained a distinction for the BTEC Level 2 in engineering compared with 20% of boys, yet disproportionately fewer are choosing to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects at a higher level.* The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards aim to reverse this decline by uncovering role models working within technology, women who will inspire others to consider a career in IT.
Gillian Arnold, Chair of BCSWomen, part of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and winner of the 2012 Inspiration of the Year Award at the Cisco everywoman in Technology Awards says: “The Awards are an excellent way to celebrate the contribution from women in the industry and will hopefully encourage more women to see technology as a fast-moving, innovative sector where they can excel.”
Entries are open until 18 November 2013 and full details are online at: www.everywoman.com/techawards.
* Pearson/ EdExcel, July 2013