As a response to the UK Government’s Digital Challenge – specifically the need to tackle the growing gender divide in digital technology – Digital Skills for Women was a seven-month scheme offering free training in digital technologies to over 130 unemployed women from areas of high deprivation in Manchester, delivered by MadLab in collaboration with Manchester Girl Geeks and Manchester Libraries.
Sessions were offered in “short, sharp busts” in order to fit around childcare and job-seeking and topics included CV writing, beginners’ computer programming, and building a blog using WordPress. Tutors were drawn from MadLab’s extended community of professional technologists.
Digital Skills was made possible by a European Social Fund grant ‘Future Directions: Communities Supporting People Back Into Employment’. Due to its successes, we are now expanding the programme to Greater Manchester in 2015 with further ESF support.
Digital Skills for Women was nominated for a “Women in STEM” award at International Womens’s Day 2014.