Empiric shortlisted for Women in IT E-skills Initiative of the Year Award

Women in IT awards E-initiative finalistI am very proud to announce that Empiric has been named as a finalist in the E-skills Initiative of the Year category at the prestigious Women in IT Awards for our work on the Next Tech Girls initiative. It’s a testament to the hard work that everyone on the team has put into the project and the real change that we’re making.

Of course, our work isn’t done yet: we aim to get more than 5,000 girls into tech work experience placements by 2020, and to actively contribute to increasing the number of women working in the tech field. And while the initiative is still young, I feel that we’re making a real difference. In our first year we placed 152 girls into tech work experience placements, engaged 129 London schools and supported 72 companies in hosting work experience students. We have expanded nationally to extend the reach of the initiative beyond London to Newcastle, Cambridge and Glasgow and excited by the level of impact achievable through scaling industry collaboration with education, to effect change.

Under the initiative, we are collaborating with a wide range of organisations that are investing in building more diverse and inclusive workforces, including Vodafone, Microsoft, Expedia, WorldFirst, Virgin Money, Metail, Wayra and the Department for Work and Pensions. The DWP have been amazing, with initial support championed by Kit Collingwood, leading to the endorsement of CDIO Mayank Prakash resulting in support being rolled out nationally across their Digital Hubs (Huge thanks goes out to all of our supporters that have made our achievements to date possible). Our students have won numerous prizes in their placements, their feedback is inspiring, and we’ve even heard from employers who said that they would be happy to keep them indefinitely.

Coming from the other side of the equation, our Wall of Inspiration now has more than 170 profiles, featuring female role models in tech from across a wide range of industries and disciplines. Whilst host companies are benefiting from ideas suggested by the girls, and positive team cultural impacts. All of this goes to prove just how much of an appetite there is for a project of this type.

Praise should also go to everyone on the team at NTG, including Sam Kamyar, Empiric’s founder and CEO, and the only male member of APSCo Women in Recruitment’s steering committee; Marie-Clare Fenech, our Head of Corporate Partnerships; and Clair Milligan, our Schools Liaison Manager.

Marie-Clare was extremely pleased to hear about our placement as a finalist in the awards. “This nomination is a real endorsement of the work that we’re doing,” she said. “There’s solid evidence that a better gender balance has a positive impact on business performance and the quality of management. It’s a pleasure to see Next Tech Girls becoming a national success and I feel that we’re already making a real difference in the industry.”

At Empiric we’re committed to promoting the full spectrum of diversity and inclusion, including LGBT initiatives, BAME equality and support for those with disabilities. Next Tech Girls helps open the gates to all areas of diversity – and that’s something we’ll continue to work on both internally and externally.

Steve Brown
Director, Empiric