IT girls

16th February 2007 at 00:00
The award-winning Computer Clubs for Girls (CC4G) initiative, which engages 10 to 14 year-olds in technology in fun and innovative ways, is being rolled out in Glasgow this year.

Support from the Govan Initiative and JPMorgan's European Technology Centre, based in the city, means that 10 schools in the Glasgow area will now be able to benefit from the initiative. CC4G was launched in Scotland in 2006 and provides a programme of innovative e-learning activities tailored to young girls' interests, such as fashion and music, encouraging them to develop a positive interest in IT and learn valuable new skills.

Around 15 per cent of Scotland's IT workforce is female. By demonstrating to young girls the exciting reality of careers in technology today, CC4G is addressing negative perceptions and encouraging more young women to consider a career in IT.

Isobel McFarlane, head of banking and research IT at the centre, said:

"Over 35 volunteers from our European Technology Centre are assisting teachers at the various local clubs. We believe passionately in supporting and developing the female workforce and helping create a more diverse population in the IT industry, and the CC4G programme is a valuable and welcomed initiative."

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