Championing Women in Technology
Velocity Academy are supporting young women to break into the technology industry. This is by offering job opportunities and apprenticeship programmes that specialise in digital with inclusive employers.
Why pursue a career in the technology industry?
Whilst 2020 and 2021 has seen unprecedented damage to sectors such as travel, hospitality and retail, the technology industry has risen to new heights above and beyond expectations. It was recently reported that the industry is growing six times faster than any other. The work/life benefits and efficiencies delivered by computerised solutions during the pandemic mean that long after we reach a ‘new normal’, a reliance on digital products and services is here to stay.
Tech and fintech firms famously top the list of Best Companies to Work For compilations every year. Employees working in tech cite job satisfaction, company values, career opportunities, work/life balance, senior management support and matching values as integral to their employer’s enjoyable and supportive cultures.
Velocity Academy are partnering with inclusive employers across the United Kingdom to support underrepresented groups and provide opportunities for everyone. Utilising our digital apprenticeship programmes, a new generation of women will enter the technology industry as Digital Marketer’s, Data Analysts and in IT/Network Support.
Inspirational Women in Technology
When discussing successful individuals in technology, it is easy to point to the likes of Elon Musk and Bill Gates. What can be forgotten are the pioneering women that were inspirational in the field of digital innovation. Some of these individuals literally created the industry itself, examples being Grace Hopper who was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, she was a pioneer of computer programming who invented one of the first linkers.
Another example is Adele Goldberg who was the only woman among the group of men who built the Smalltalk-80 together. The Smalltalk-80 was a programming language which they developed the infrastructure and design for so windows could overlap on display screens. Adele presented the Smalltalk system to Steve Jobs who implemented many ideas in the alto into his Apple products.
Mary Keller was an American roman catholic religious sister. She teamed up with 2 other scientists to develop the BASIC computer programming language. In 1965 Mary earned her PH. D in computer science from the University of Michigan. She went on to develop a computer science department in a catholic college for women called Clarke College. For 20 years she chaired the department where she was an advocate for women in computer science and supported working mothers by encouraging them to bring their babies to class with them. She is known as one of the famous women in technology for being the first woman to receive a PhD in computer science.