Last week saw digital employers from across Leeds meet with 120 young women from 8 schools in the city, at an event designed to raise awareness of careers in digital and technology and break down barriers of perception, prejudice and unconscious bias around the sector.
Taking place at the Asda Merchandising Centre of Excellence and Exhibition Centre on 23 March 2022, #GirlTechLeeds was delivered by Ahead Partnership and saw 12-14 year-old students from 8 secondary schools in the city meet face-to-face with female role models working at organisations that employ digital talent, including Netcompany, Asda Leeds City Council; Hays; Sulzer; Aire Global; and Lion + Mason.
Throughout the exciting tech and digital careers experience day, the young women had the opportunity to get involved in exciting tech workshops and a networking treasure hunt, as well as attending Q&A panels and speaker sessions from inspiring professionals already succeeding in roles at Strata Homes, Data Shed and Leeds Academic Health Partnership.
After learning about the different roles available to them and the skills required to succeed, 100% of the female students that attended said that they understood what skills they need to get into digital following the event – an increase from just 77% prior to the event. Meanwhile, the number of young women interested in digital careers increased by an impressive 33% as a result of the event.