Fanshawe College to launch new tech program for women – London


Fanshawe College in London, Ont., is gearing up to launch a new program in the fall for women interested in pursuing a “tech-related” career path.

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During a six-week program, IgniteHER offers various forms of training, mental health support, expert advice and potential employment opportunities, all centered on organizations in the technology sector.

Established in partnership with the Ontario Coalition for Gender Equity, Fanshawe says the program is offered at no additional cost thanks to funding from the federal and provincial governments.

“We were looking for opportunities to help women who might be looking for a career change, who had been underrepresented, and who also certainly felt impacted by COVID-19, to kickstart their kind of career paths in the industry. technology,” said Candace Miller. , Director of Strategic Initiatives and Business Development at Fanshawe College.

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Miller said that because the tech sector is “so broad,” it allows for great flexibility in attracting different levels of interest.

“These could be roles in digital marketing, entry-level, web design, coding, programming, and customer service,” Miller said. “These are seen as key areas that we look at when doing this development and training specifically for women.

“This also includes women who identify as female, as well as non-binary people.”

Besides being a free program, she said IgniteHER differs from other initiatives in several ways.

“It not only provides the training, technology (and) the kind of digital skills that are needed for entry-level careers in technology, but it also gives women the opportunity to have two weeks of development, mental health and employability coaching and support,” says Miller.

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“We know it takes a long time to re-enter the workforce or make a career transition or even take the next step, and the tech industry is in desperate need of growth,” she continued. . “So we really want to empower women to make this transition at their own pace, and in their own way. We recognize that they may need support beyond just technical skills.”

Miller said their goal was to have 60 participants split between two cohorts starting Sept. 6.

“We are looking to specifically hire women who are in some way in the London, Middlesex, St. Thomas and Elgin area, as well as tech employers who are looking for people to fill entry level positions,” she said.

“It really is, by name, IgniteHER is how we provide a pathway for women to launch their careers in tech.”

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