Next Tech Girls
Next Tech Girls launched in early 2016 in response to the astonishing lack and declining number of women working in technology.
At a time when the UK tech industry is desperate for talent, these stats simply make no sense. We decided to combine our recruitment skills and our networks to make a practical, material impact and to effect change. Partnering with companies, we help deliver tech-focused work experiences nationally, providing girls with insights into technology careers and the numerous opportunities available to them. Not only does this inspire young students, but it raises awareness of the gender imbalance and helps promote cultural engagement within industry. We have connected hundreds of companies and girls and, with increasing industry collaboration, are set to surpass our target of 5,000 tech work experiences by 2020.
The Mayor of London's office puts the proportion of women in tech "at just 17 per cent". Next Tech Girls tackles this disparity at the grass-roots level to work towards a solution that benefits everyone.
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We are striving to close the gender gap and create a harmonious workplace that offers women the platform they need to succeed. Our mission is to increase the number of women in senior positions, not just at Empiric but also in the wider business world. Our initiatives include better aligned policies, favourable benefits, greater flexibility and better support networks. It's crucial that whenever anyone joins our company, they feel comfortable and happy to be themselves in a professional environment that's free from discrimination and bias; one where they can grow and flourish, without worrying that they will be held back because of their ethnicity, gender, sexuality or age.
We have set up our own Gender Inclusion Network – She Inspires - to create the best platform for women in recruitment to achieve their goals.
We do this by fostering an environment in which women can develop, improve and succeed through professional and personal development, mentoring, industry networking and positively promoting inclusivity for women.