Coder Academy Supporting an Increase in the Percentage of Women in STEM Careers
4 Nov 2016
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Today Tanya Plibersek, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Education, and Shadow Minister for Women visited the Sydney campus of Coder Academy, Australia’s first nationally accredited provider of computer coding bootcamps.
During her visit Ms Plibersek said that:
"In order to improve female representation in the technology workforce,we need to increase the number of female mentors and teachers across STEM subjects in schools.”
Ms Plibersek went on to say:
"It was a female Year 9 mathematics teacher who persuaded me that my lack of confidence in mathematics was a socially engrained ‘imaginary problem’. Even though we like to think that times have changed in the last 20 to 30 years, many millennial women still face these same issues today with being accepted into STEM careers.”
A mere 16% of Australian STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) qualified people are female, according to a report by the Australian Office of the Chief Scientist.
The gender imbalance in technology careers has led to a greater focus by education providers such as Coder Academy to provide support and opportunities to attract women into STEM careers. With 40 percent of current traditional jobs predicted to disappear over the next decade, and to be replaced by jobs that fall into STEM fields, there is an urgent need to drive interest and awareness in technology education and careers.
Coder Academy is a specialist technology educator which operates in Sydney, Melbourne, and Manila (the Philippines) partnered with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia to deliver a unique program called #CANChangeRatio, which has the primary aim of exposing young women to computer coding and encouraging them to consider computer coding careers.
The first high school to be involved in this program is Bankstown Girls High School, where 27 young women from Years 7 to 10 recently completed a 12-week course delivered by Coder Academy. The outcome was extremely pleasing, with 70% of the students stating at the end of the course that they planned to continue developing their computer coding skills, and would consider computer coding as a genuine and exciting career option.
Coder Academy and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia are planning on expanding this program to teach 500 Australian public school girls to code giving young women the opportunity to increase their digital literacy and and break down traditional technology industry stereotypes.
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