Women in technology: The only way is up!
'Isn't IT and technology totally male-dominated?'
Well, notwithstanding the fact that a woman was the world's first computer programmer and other females played an important role in developing the science, until recently that would be true.
In recent years, however, there has been a slow increase in females studying digital qualifications at a higher level. One UK university, upped its female intake on such courses from 16% to 30% recently.
But there is a long way to go, and the traditional academic route may not suit all; particularly as there has been a fall in girls studying computing and technology at GCSE level.
Digital and associated technology are still major growth areas for employment though, and to reap the rewards of working in such a growing sector more and more women are turning to apprenticeships with Digital apprenticeships being high on the Government's agenda.
Swatpro Academy use decades of experience to tailor bespoke learning modules to suit employees, who earn as they learn in the real-life setting of their workplace. Apprenticeships in IT Engineering, Digital Marketing, IT Technician and Software Development Technician amongst others are all available.
Vualto are a client of Swatpro Academy, and the Plymouth-based technology multinational is proud to embrace a diverse workforce in all areas of the company.
Two of Vualto's female apprentices being mentored by Swatpro Academy's experts are Taylor Brown and Kat Allen, both of whom are studying to become Infrastructure Technicians.
Kat says: "I had been curious about working within the tech industry, but did not really want to go back to University at this time and this apprenticeship seemed a good way to get into the industry.
"It has the best of both worlds, being able to gain industry recognised qualifications on the job whilst earning money."
Taylor adds: "No one should feel that working in the digital sector is out of their reach because university wasn't for them.
"I am proof that that is not the case. If you want to learn something, there is always somewhere you can do it."
As increasing number of women apply for IT apprenticeships, Swatpro Academy is proud to be the launchpad for Taylor, Kat and many more working in the industry.