Former Socitm president nominated for ‘Most influential women in UK tech 2017’ list

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A former Socitm president has been nominated for a prestigious list. Nadira Hussain has been put on the long list for Computer Weekly’s 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech – and we can’t think of anyone more deserving to make it to the final 50.

Nadira, Head of ICT at the London Borough of Enfield, has been inspirational for Socitm. During her tenure as President, she set up our Women in IT initiative and was the creator of the Empowering Women in a Digital World (EWDW) course, which has transformed the lives of many. Please visit Socitm’s Leadership Academy page for more details about the EWDW course.

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An alphabet for empowering Women in IT: Taking Collaboration to the Next level

By Ruby Dixon,Transformation Consultant, lead WiT Board Member

The ever-expanding technology sector now constitutes around 8.4 per cent of the total UK economy. Competition for jobs is tough regardless of the applicant’s capabilities. Despite this, the sector is famously under-resourced. There are 105,000 vacancies in ICT (e-skills) and even with 30,000+ graduates in Computing Sciences, it takes time before new staff can be trained to fill the gap. A raft of interesting up-to-date workplace research has been undertaken on how women are under-represented at all levels of the IT sector.

Equalities is a strong area for our public sector, but local government (LG) is arguably at a disadvantage to the private sector when recruiting and incentivising the IT’s best talent – regardless of gender.

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An alphabet for empowering Women in IT: Taking Collaboration to the Next level

The Power of Empowerment: a unique course for women

By Chantelle Denny, Socitm Finance Director, who shares her experiences from a one-of-a-kind training programme

At first I was sceptical about attending the Empowering Women in a Digital World (EWDW) course. I don’t for one moment think I know it all, but I have several years’ experience of management and leadership at a senior level, so was this really designed for people like me?

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The Power of Empowerment: a unique course for women

Empowering Women in a Digital World: last places available

By Emily Askew, Socitm Research and Project Coordinator

With only weeks to go until the start of the second Empowering Women in a Digital World course, we are delighted to share with you a video produced by Canon to give you an insight into how beneficial the course has been for our recent graduates.

Led by experienced coaches and trainers, the course is aimed at aspiring female leaders: those who are looking to grow and to gain the confidence to become a professional ambassador and role model.

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Making a Difference; Socitm ‘Women in IT’ Initiative for the Public Sector

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I’m Nadira Hussain, Socitm (The representative body for Digital & Technology in Local Public Service) President 15/16. Socitm is for the benefit of all those who use  Digital & IT to deliver services for the public benefit. I am championing the ‘Women in IT’ initiative for my term in office.

Women in IT/digital/tech roles

As we all know very well, the representation of women in digital or IT/tech related roles and careers across the board, is disappointingly low. Despite some considerable effort being made more recently across sectors, the position continues to remain quite static! It is commonplace to hear about poor numbers relating to the percentage of women that make-up the IT/digital functions of companies and organisations; predominantly around the 12-16% mark (ref Lord Davies report and the  McKinsey  report Women Matter). The same is true of the public sector; we continue to struggle to attract women to the tech roles in the sector (at all levels, even as apprenticeships), are not able to retain women once they secure a job, nor can we see their progression to more senior positions within the sector once they are recruited. That cant be right….!

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Making a Difference; Socitm ‘Women in IT’ Initiative for the Public Sector