Offering a BCS (Chartered Institute for IT) Level 3 Software Development Technician programme for majority women-owned businesses across England, and in particular, those who are eager to grow and develop their organisations, it is hoped the curriculum will positively influence the progress of female-led enterprise.
The programme, delivered by Skills4Stem and funded by IBM, will be delivered in two-day block sessions over an 18-month period. It will begin in January 2021 and complete in June 2022. The training sessions, to include such topics as software methodologies, implementing and integrating code, and good coding practices, will culminate in an invigilated examination, and will aim to inspire, motivate and empower future growth and development in women-owned business. Delivered online from 09:30-16:30, course structure will include monthly one-to-one competency/ePortfolio visits with each candidate; there is no cost for participation.
Skills4Stem, a global training provider focusing on offering international technical qualifications, provides pertinent, up-to-date skills for the present and future global workforce, and specialises in delivering BTEC, HNC, HND qualifications and career-focused apprenticeships in the construction, engineering and project management industries. Founded in 2014 by female entrepreneur, Sarah Davis, the organisation actively promotes female business leadership, and inclusion, communication, and management skills through providing technical education.
“We are delighted to be delivering the Women in Tech Development Programme and, through its modules and teachings, hope to inspire and support deeper growth in women-owned and led organisations,” says Sarah. “This software engineering programme is aimed at those who are between lower-to-mid career level, is free, and will provide countless opportunities to learn and develop the skills required to progress in the workplace.”
Applications to participate in the programme are open to all owners and employees from majority women-owned businesses in England; the business must be either registered or certified with WEConnect International before the first day of the programme. Registration can be completed online, and applications must be received before 6pm GMT on Friday 20th November.