The proportion of female workers in tech is growing by just 0.75 per cent each year, while only one in five information technology graduates being women.
More Australian women are being encouraged to enter the world of coding. Source: SBS
But diverse pathways to employment in the traditionally male-dominated sector are being opened up.
The program will also provide the interns with an intensive four-month coding course – which turns participants with no coding knowledge into junior web developers.
The Code Like a Girl partnership aims to get more women into the tech sector. Source: SBS / Cassandra Bain
Victorian Minister for Government Services, Danny Pearson, said he hoped the program would lead to increased diversity and representation across the sector.
“I started looking for work, but nothing came up. Sometimes, just the first opportunity is the hardest part. So, that’s the biggest hurdle.”
Jane Villo-Mario works as a DevOps Engineer in Melbourne. Source: SBS / Cassandra Bain
An internship arranged by Code Like a Girl led Ms Villo-Mario, a Filipino migrant, to a permanent job as a DevOps Engineer.
Working in the fashion industry, Clare Roche didn’t think coding was for her.
A ten-week online coding course with Code Like a Girl gave her a fresh perspective.
Clare Roche studied coding online during the Covid-19 lockdowns. Source: SBS / Cassandra Bain
”I walked away from it going ‘code is cool!’,” she said.
Applications for Code Like a Girl internships can be made online at codelikeagirl.com/internships.