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05 Feb 2018

Smoothwall support #GirlTechLCR 2018

#GirlTechLCR Yorkshire's young women inspired to go digital.

Female students from six schools across Leeds and Calderdale are getting an introduction to the world of digital with the help of volunteers from tech firms across the Leeds City Region. The event, taking place in Leeds, is hosted by technology enabled language solution provider thebigword and telecommunications firm aql with social enterprise Ahead Partnership.

#GirlTechLCR is part of the Make the Grade programme which has supported more than 100,000 young people to date with real-life, hands-on experiences designed by local employers. #GirlTechLCR hopes to raise aspirations and help young women aged 13 - 14 years old explore careers in the digital sector, an industry which is set to grow by 15% in this region over the next decade.

More than 100 students will attend the event where they will hear a guest speech from Leeds telecommunications operator aql’s Chief Operating Officer, Sarah Tulip, before posing their own questions to a panel of female role models in tech from thebigword, Siemens and The Ideas Company. Students will then take part in a series of interactive workshops with employers from around the region including Yorkshire Building Society, BJSS, Sky, NHS Digital, Smoothwall, Ten10 and the Cooperative Group.

The workshops will cover a range of sectors in digital such as ecommerce, fintech, new technologies and healthcare, and are designed to show the students first-hand what a career in digital involves. Sophie Stocks, Smoothwall mentor and advocate for women in technology, said:We are incredibly proud to be taking part in #GirlTechLCR this week and are very much looking forward speaking with young women about their IT career aspirations for their future.

Being part of a company who fully champion's women in technology and implements their own LeanIn Circle which supports and empowers women in the workplace, gives me great pleasure to about talk my own experience within the industry and provides great opportunity to share why I believe it to to be such a rewarding, exciting and encouraging environment for women and men alike to be part of.

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