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Report Says Technology Training In The Age of AI is Leaving Women Behind  

Code First Girls

A new report by social enterprise Code First Girls (London, UK) and Tech Talent Charter (London, UK) reveals that the current approach to technology skills is ‘not fit for purpose’, leaving women at increased risk of ‘being left behind’. 

The report highlights that:

  • Women are 40% more likely to have their work replaced by automation than men
  • 80% of women in tech say they are not getting the career development they want

It is estimated that 1 billion jobs will be transformed by technology and 43% of work tasks will become automated by 2027. Women are at risk of being disproportionately affected by these changes – and are 40% more likely to have their work replaced by AI automation. Therefore, those companies that do not introduce upskilling initiatives prevent women from having equal access to the jobs of the future resulting in locking more women out of the sector. 

The report calls for tech leaders to implement upskilling and reskilling programs and outlines ten recommendations, including prioritising skills mapping, reshaping recruitment and establishing ethical guidelines and policies for AI.  

Code First Girls has already helped 200,000 women learn to code and by working with companies globally, is boosting employability, diversity and social mobility, and transforming local economies and communities.  It is now a provider of free coding courses for women in the UK. Existing partners include NatWest, Goldman Sachs, Ford, BT, Deloitte and Skyscanner.  

The Tech Talent Charter (TTC) is a commitment by over 650 UK organisations to a set of undertakings that aim to deliver greater inclusion and diversity in the UK tech workforce. It was founded in 2017 by organisations across the recruitment, tech and social enterprise fields and is supported by the UK government’s Digital Strategy.

VCWire

07/06/2024