BCS NI launching new digital leadership programme for women

  • BCS NI (The Chartered Institute for IT) is launching a new open programme with the aim of building a collaborative community of women in digital roles across all sectors in Northern Ireland. 

    The BCS: Women Transforming Digital Leadership programme will be delivered virtually from October – December 2020.

    The course is designed to “enable the transition of aspiring and early career female managers into confident, capable and motivated leaders”. 

    A key element of the initiative will be a team project to encourage and support women in tech and digital roles in the NI community.

    Participants will be challenged to present innovative solutions to the challenges faced by the tech and digital community across all sectors.

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    Sponsored by Bazaarvoice, supported by Microsoft UK and in association with Empowering You, leading industry speakers will also share their leadership experiences with Q&A sessions.

    A spokesperson for BCS NI said the organisations hopes “leaders in all sectors in Northern Ireland support and encourage their female colleagues to participate in the programme - at any stage in their leadership journey.”

    They added: “Research indicates strong correlation between company success and diversity at board and executive level.  However, it also indicates that the UK construction, manufacturing and IT industries have the worst gender balances relating to IT specialists, while Northern Ireland is one of the worst performing regions. 

    “With a lack of relatable female role models in the tech industry, women remain under-represented, particularly at IT director level, generating challenges in attracting female talent at senior levels.”

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    For more information on the Programme, visit the BCS: Women Transforming Digital Leadership website. 

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