How do we get more girls into tech jobs?

I was listening to a Radio 4 programme a few days ago. I can’t remember the technicalities of it all but the lady who was being interviewed was employed by the NHS. She was in charge of a project whose aim was to use technology to make our contacts within the NHS easier – smoother, to bring processes inline with technology. She talked about GP surgeries being able to take repeat prescriptions online, and some of those elusive Drs appointments were held back for people to book online. She then went on to say about some of the fascinating opportunities that are available in this field and how young people are not made aware of them – especially young women who appear to consider IT jobs with the same enthusiasm as engineering jobs.
I thought back to my time working in a Multi Agency Team. We had very experienced Careers Advisors with a wealth of knowledge around University Programmes, careers and qualification routes. It dawned on me that I have no clue how these Professionals keep up to date with ‘new’ careers. How can we expose our young people to the breadth of careers within the ‘cyber’ world if our Careers Advisors do not know about, or don’t understand, these possibilities?
I need to understand this better and so next week I am meeting the Careers Advisors I used to work with for lunch, I look forward to hearing what they have to say. I really hope they surprise me and tell me that they always recommend young women to take on roles in Forensic Computing or Cyber Security, but somehow I doubt it. I will post up my findings.

Hurtling toward half term!

Where did the time go?!
I have been kept very busy these last few weeks providing free audits to the schools within my locality. I have worked with many of them before but this was when I was employed by Derbyshire County Council and the work I did was generally reactive. It is really nice to now return to these schools and to see the improvements that have been made around their E-Safety provision. There is some great work going on in the classrooms and an acceptance that the internet is not going away so we need to embrace digital learning and help young people make their online choices as smart as safe as possible.
Headteachers are embracing the audits and using them as a springboard for best practice, picking up tips and information that will help strengthen their safeguarding of students, and ensuring they are better prepared for any inspection visits.
Today is an office day – a chance to send out all of those bits and pieces of information to schools that I have promised over the last week or so.
If you are interested in a free audit just drop me a line. I would be more than happy to help 🙂

Free E-Safety audits – yes please!

Last week I sent out invitations to some schools I have previously worked with (and a few that I haven’t) to offer a free audit of their current E-Safety provision.

The response has been amazing, thank you to all schools that have booked in with me, and if you haven’t yet booked in please do as this is a limited time offer! No catch, no sales pitch just an honest appraisal of where you are and where you could be. Lets face it, we all want a good OfSTED, but more importantly we all want to ensure our young people are given the education to make good, safe choices about their behaviour both online and off.

I am happy to provide testimonials – drop me a line, it could be the best thing you do this week!