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Women encouraged to pursue career in technology

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Posted on: 16 May 2019

In the sixties, the ratio of women to men working in technology was 50:50. Today, despite there being a lot more opportunities, only 20 per cent of the workforce in technology is women.

So Learn Devon, Devon County Council’s adult education services, wants to inspire and encourage more women to take up careers in the rapidly growing technology sector.

They have arranged a one-day conference in Okehampton on Thursday 23 May, with two inspirational women who have successful careers in technology as guest speakers.

Rosalind Woodward is co-founder and CEO of Securious, a cyber security company, based at the Science Park, Exeter. Rosalind is on the steering committee for the South West Cyber Security Cluster, and works closely with the police and other authorities on the latest cyber security issues affecting businesses.

And Lynette Dare, owner of the children’s lifestyle brand, ‘Flossy and Jim’, which is an online platform containing a range of information including, stories, games, blogs, and merchandise aimed at young children through to teens.

The two will be talking about their different experiences of working with technology, and offering advice and tips on getting into the sector.

Moreton Creative, a Learn Devon partner organisation, will be running taster workshops in animation, 3D design and printing, building a PC from scratch, digital photo editing, and beginners robotics.

Keri Denton, Devon County Council’s Head of Economy and Enterprise, said:

“We know there are women across Devon ambitious to learn new skills, or improve those they already have to help them with their career opportunities. The technology sector in Devon is growing rapidly, and despite the increased opportunities, we recognise that it can be harder for women to find ways of gaining the qualifications that they might need for a career change or return to work in the digital sector.

“One of our key priorities is to improve opportunities for every Devon resident, and to support them to learn the skills they need to improve their lives. Learn Devon can help people into employment, and this event is another great example.

“It will prepare people for the workplace, help learners find training placements, and provide support with moving on to further training, employment or self-employment.”

Merlin Howse, Director of Moreton Creative, said:

“There are a lot of women who want to get into technology, but don’t know how. Having a conference like this gives them a great starting point to find out what’s available and the routes open to them with regards to learning and training.”

The conference at the Ockment Centre, Okehampton, from 8:45am to 4pm, is free to attend. Lunch and creche facilities will be provided. The conference will conclude with a free screening of the inspirational film Hidden Figures.

To book a place at the conference, please email acltavistock-mailbox@devon.gov.uk or telephone 01822 613701.

To find out more about Learn Devon, visit www.learndevon.co.uk

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