Why is this course for women only?
There is a well documented gender diversity problem in the technology industry. Sky recognises that if a workforce is more diverse, it is better able to adapt to the changing needs of its customers, ultimately producing more innovative products and next-level services. A workforce with a good sense of gender balance is also shown to enhance the wellbeing of all employees. Increasing gender diversity in technology is therefore crucial for employers and employees alike.
In order to achieve greater gender diversity we need more women in the pool of talent we’re able to recruit from. We always recruit the top people available for the job, and with the Women in Technology Academy we aim to help and encourage more women to gain the skills they need to fit into this category.
The fact that these courses are for women only is a reflection of this specific aim of getting more women in the industry. The idea is not to exclude men, but to include more women in an industry where they are currently massively underrepresented.
We hope that, in a few years, targeted initiatives such as this one will no longer be necessary, and that the culture in and surrounding the technology industry will have evolved to become more diverse and inclusive. In the meantime, we hope that initiatives such as Sky's Get into Tech will help to accelerate this cultural change.