From industry news to long-form interviews, we round up the need-to-reads on Scottish diversity in tech
Edinburgh tech school welcomes record number of under-represented students
Codebar, a tech school in Edinburgh, teaches digital skills to women, LGBTQ students, and other minorities in a safe and friendly environment for free. Two years after its launch in Scotland, the school has almost 300 students and 142 coaches.
Digital Xtra Fund projects to boost female students’ tech participation
Women make up only 23% of Scotland’s tech industry, but the low number of female students studying computing science in secondary schools in worrying. Digital Xtra Fund will support a wide variety of computing projects across Scotland to boost female participation. So far, the programmes have inspired the engagement of over 20,000 young people across the country.
Kate Forbes inspires women across Scotland to break tech boundaries
Kate Forbes, Scotland’s Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy, visits rural areas in Scotland to share how tech can impact small communities. Kate aims to use her minister role to engage and inspire more women to enter roles within the male-dominated tech industry.
Edinburgh suffers from a tech skills shortage
More and more companies are adopting agile workforce solutions to avoid access issues, but Edinburgh, along with a few other UK cities, suffers from a tech skills shortage.
Scotland’s diverse tech sector competing with London to fill jobs
The tech sector in Scotland is now more significant than the construction industry, almost 50,000 people are employed in the field in Edinburgh and Glasgow alone. This makes Scotland one of the fastest-growing tech clusters, the need for diversity is greater than ever. According to SkyScanner CEO Bryan Dove: “It’s never been a more exciting time to be a technology company in the UK.”
International Women in Engineering Day celebrations to inspire reframing STEM subjects
Leonardo, the Women’s Engineering Society, celebrated its 100th anniversary with an International Women in Engineering Day. More than 60 local P6 girls joined the celebrations, which were planned to inspire the reframing of STEM subjects.
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