Fanshawe College for ‘Ignite’ new technology program for women – London

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Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, is preparing to launch a new program in the fall aimed at 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 focused 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 through federal and provincial government funding.

“We were looking for opportunities to help women who are perhaps looking for a career change, who have been underrepresented and who are also definitely feeling affected by COVID-19, to start their careers in the technology sector,” she 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 a lot of flexibility to attract different levels of interest.

“Those could be roles in digital marketing, at an entry level, web design, coding, programming and customer service,” Miller said. “Those are seen as the key areas that we are looking at when we do this upskilling and training specifically for women.

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

In addition to being free, he said IgniteHER differs from other initiatives in several ways.

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

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“We know that it takes a lot to get back into the workforce or transition careers or even take the next step, and the tech sector is in desperate need of growth,” he continued. “So we really want to give women the opportunity to make that transition in their own time and in their own way. We recognize that they may need some support beyond technical skills.”

Miller said his goal is to have 60 participants split between two cohorts beginning Sept. 6.

“We specifically seek to engage women who are in the London, Middlesex, St. Thomas and Elgin area, as well as employers in the tech sector looking to fill entry-level positions,” she said.

“This really is, through its name, IgniteHER is how we’re providing a path for women to start their careers in technology.”

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