Balance for better
More than 500,000 highly skilled workers will be needed to fill digital roles by 2022. That's three times the number of UK computer science graduates that we currently have from the past 10 years. And only 5% of those have been female.
Microsoft's vision is to support women breaking into technology by equipping them with the right skills and support to succeed. That's why this International Women's Day, in conjunction with the theme of #BalanceforBetter, we will be hosting a series of events targeted at girls and women of all ages to help them take their next step on the journey towards a career in technology.
Develop skills to become a data scientist
80% of UK businesses plan to hire a data scientist in 2019, according to a new report from MHR Analytics. The demand is clear, and we want to help you make the most of the opportunity. If you're looking to make change and pursue a new rewarding and creative career, why not join us at one of our bootcamps on the 2nd of May where you can begin to develop the digital skills you need to become a Data Scientist.
Join us at a location of your choice where you will complete the first module of the Microsoft Professional Programme in Data Science.
- Bootcamp locations
There are a choice of 9 different locations across the country that you can choose from on our registration page.
- Is there a cost?
The Microsoft Professional Programme in Data Science is free, although there is a cost (£80 RRP) for the Certificates of Completion. You'll need to achieve 10 of those certificates to gain your full qualification, and Microsoft, in conjunction with your local channel partner, are funding the first one for successful applicants, which you should complete by the end of the bootcamp. Whilst this course and certificate is provided free of charge, we believe in paying things forward, so we are seeking a nominal donation (suggested £10) to the SmartWorks charity. Microsoft will match all donations pound for pound.
Get more inspiration
The Female Lead is a non-profit organisation dedicated to making women's stories more visible and offering alternative role models to those ever present in popular culture. The campaign, led by data pioneer Edwina Dunn, showcases diverse role models to inspire and encourage young people as they look to their professional future. The campaign is donating 18,000 books and teaching resources to schools across the UK and US. Get involved.
Women in Data is another non-profit organisation that aims to bring women in the data sector together to form a community of like-minded individuals. Find out more about their community, members and the free events that you can be part of.
Inspire more girls to study STEM subjects
91% of young girls and women describe themselves as creative and stress the importance of creativity in any future career. But very few believe STEM subjects meet that creative need. As a result, few girls are interested to find out more about any STEM subject let alone pursue a career in one.
Microsoft's vision is to increase the number of girls considering digital careers and to support those young women as they break into technology. As part of International Women's Day, Microsoft employees will be going into schools up and down the country to deliver MakerChampion sessions to help young people develop essential skills for the future of work. Through a series of activities, the MakerChampions activities encourage young people to design and make something that responds to real world challenges, allowing them to utilise their computational thinking, communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity skill sets with the BBC Micro:Bit.
Discover how you can use technology for good, from improving road safety to helping somebody with a disability.Maker of change
These activities will get you to think outside the box, using technology in fun and creative ways to bring your ideas to life.Maker of fun
These tasks will show you how technology can be used in lots of exciting and innovative ways, so you can see what's possible for the future.Maker of tomorrow