Hundreds of young women across Scotland will be given the chance to develop and fine-tune their digital skills as part of an initiative led by Codebase Stirling.
The workshop series, with events hosted each month, helps introduce girls aged 18 and under to a broad range of technology and digital disciplines, encompassing coding, 3D design, video, photography and micro:bits.
The free-to-attend workshops began in 2018 with four successful pilot sessions. Following this initial success, the new sponsorship agreement allows the sessions to increase in frequency to monthly; giving the young women a wider range of opportunities.
Barry McDonald of Codebase Stirling commented: “We established Digital Skills 4 Girls last year as a pilot to encourage more young women to experience a range of digital skills. It’s a small but important step to addressing gender diversity in technology.
“Every workshop we’ve done has been fully subscribed and it was proving difficult to keep up with demand. Thanks to the support of CitNOW, these workshops can now take place every month, giving the opportunity to lots more young girls to develop key skills and learn more about possible careers in tech and digital.”
Colin Tinto, Chief Technical Officer at CitNOW, added: “We’re delighted to support such a worthwhile initiative as Digital Skills 4 Girls. We fully support anything that actively encourages young people to think about careers in tech.”