The Victorian Government has partnered with Code Like a Girl to deliver five paid internships within government departments as part of a pilot program for women passionate about coding.
Code Like a Girl supports girls and women looking to build rewarding careers in what has traditionally been a male-dominated field.
“We are so excited to be partnering with the Victorian Government to boost the state’s digital capabilities and get more women into the tech sector.”Code Like a Girl Founder and CEO Ally Watson OAM
Code Like a Girl‘s paid internships provide professional experience in a range of environments, enabling participants to contribute to live projects and build skills that can only be learned on the job.
The program will also provide women in the public service with an intensive four-month course with Code Like a Girl’s School of Code – which turns participants with no coding knowledge into junior web developers.
“We’re creating career pathways for women in tech and ensuring they’re at the centre of the rapid growth in digital industries, providing better gender equity and workforce participation while being good for business, good for innovation and good for economic growth.”Parliamentary Secretary for Digital Government Harriet Shing
Current statistics illustrate why Code Like a Girls’ work and the Government’s new training and internship programs are so essential, with women only making up 31 per cent of Victoria’s digital technology workforce the program will increase diversity and representation across the sector.
Lack of diversity in Cyber Security is even more pronounced with less than one in five Cyber Security workers being women. That is why the Government is also partnering with the Australian Women in Security Network to deliver a pilot training course for 26 women currently working in the tech sector.