WOMEN’STEC held the first ever GIRLTECH Academy, in August 2014 – a week long innovative summer scheme for young girls 8 – 14, where they sampled computer programming and carried out some practical DIY skills.  The girls spent their mornings working with a software engineer from Kainos Software Ltd learning how to build a computer game and about website design.  During the afternoon sessions the girls worked with power tools creating planters and learning mosaic techniques.

The world of computer programming is still very male dominated and WOMEN’STEC wants to encourage young girls to think about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and STEM careers as viable options.

Lynn Carvill, CEO of WOMEN’STEC said,

‘GIRLTECH Academy is about encouraging girls into non-traditional careers.  STEM jobs and careers remain male dominated.  Women make up 46% of the UK workforce.  Excepting medicine, women make up 15.5% of the STEM workforce and just 8% of engineering professionals.  WOMEN’STEC provide training in non-traditional skills and GIRLTECH Academy allows young girls access to these skills at an early age.  We want to play our part in facilitating young women into traditionally well-paid careers.  We were delighted to have the support of Kainos Software Ltd to make GIRLTECH happen.’

At the end of the week WOMEN’STEC were delighted to welcome Belfast’s Deputy Lord Mayor, Maire Hendron, to the certificate presentation ceremony to present the girls with certificates of achievement.