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We joined Minister for Youth Employment, Angela Constance MSP, along with representatives from Computer Clubs for Girls (CC4G) in visiting Preston Lodge High School in Prestonpans, Midlothian. There we spoke with girls who have taken part in CC4G, an after-school club designed specifically to encourage girls in IT.
On International Girls in ICT Day, Ms Constance was eager to discuss what inspired the girls to attend CC4G and how the Scottish Government could help to encourage more young women to consider IT as a career. Talking with the girls, many had not considered it but having the opportunity to attend CC4G classes they may consider it in the future. CC4G’s research shows that 84 per cent of girls involved are more likely to consider further education or a career in technology as a result of attending these classes.
CompanyNet have supported this cause from the beginning, understanding the importance of gender diversity within IT and helping promote coding and developer positions for women.
Andy Hamilton, Managing Director at CompanyNet said: “CompanyNet are delighted to support CC4G and we are honoured to be one of the first to do so. The cause is something we are well aware of in the IT industry and the work that CC4G has done to help promote girls in IT should hopefully go some way towards eliminating gender inequalities in the technology industry.”
CompanyNet organised a Ceilidh and silent action event last May and raised nearly £3,000 for CC4G. The money raised directly helped Preston Lodge High School run CC4G classes and others across Scotland. Nearly a year on, CompanyNet continues to support CC4G and are planning on hosting another fundraiser next year.
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