Johanna Waite’s Blog on IoC TechUp Women

TechUP is an exciting new Institute of Coding funded programme that takes 100 women from the Midlands and North of England and retrains them into technology careers.

Focusing particularly on women from BAME and underrepresented communities TechUP provides an intensive six month course to transform or kick start careers. 100 applicants with degrees in any subject area and a passion for technology have now been enrolled, the programme begins with a residential weekend hosted at Durham University on 13th/14th July 2019 and ends with a residential weekend hosted by Nottingham University in January 2020. The main content of the course will be online, with all participants coming together for four weekends over the six month duration. Support will be provided throughout the programme through an online portal, regular online catch up sessions and weekly online meetings with an industry mentor.  Partnered with numerous industry organisations including BCS women, the programme aims to equip the participants with real life industry tech skills that will give them a step up into a job in industry, at the end of the programme, participants get the chance to interview for an internship or job with at least one of the industry partners in the programme.

For more information you can visit the project website www.techupwomen.org or email ioc.techup@durham.ac.uk

Contributed by Johanna Waite, the Project Manager for IoC TechUp Women