MD urges tech businesses to step up where education system is faltering.
Technology recruitment specialists Lorien, part of the global Impellam Group, has partnered with schools outreach provider TechGirls in a bid to tackle the country’s STEM skills shortage, and promote greater diversity within technology. The partnership was launched with an event at Lorien’s London HQ, which saw 19 sixth-form girls find out more about the opportunities available, as well as tips on building their professional brand.
Figures show that the UK is losing £1.5 billion a year through a lack of people to fill STEM vacancies, while women currently make up just 17% of the technology workforce.
As a result, there is a big focus on tomorrow’s talent, with an emphasis on encouraging the next generation of women. TechGirls has provided fun, inclusive, and interactive workshops to over 1,000 young girls to date, and is regarded as a key organisation in helping bridge the skills gap.
Lorien has worked with a host of big-name clients on Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) initiatives. MD David Gettins believes tech businesses are better placed than the education system to encourage and attract more talent.
“I was talking to my daughter and was amazed to find that in her IT class, they’re still teaching input and output. There’s still a lot of admin-based skills being taught rather than programming. Even with the introduction of Computer Science as a GCSE, we’re not seeing enough interest.
To be honest, I think the education curriculum moves too slowly to keep up with technology. But if we as a country are serious about competing with the rest of the world, we need to develop tech skills quicker. It’s businesses who can do this best, by actively encouraging the next generation and providing more training opportunities.
I also think it’s important to show young girls that a tech career is exciting and achievable. Organisations like TechGirls are great at this, and I’m really looking forward to this partnership.”
TechGirls founder Sukvinder Kathuria said:
“One of our missions at TechGirls is to connect Education to Industry. With technology being ubiquitous across all industries, we work to empower the next generation, so they have the knowledge and confidence to influence their career choices. The outreach session was well-received, and the students enjoyed the TechGirls interactive workshop. They were free to be expressive and creative.
An introduction to the importance of personal branding was delivered by Lorien and the students were encouraged to build their profile. They are now armed with useful information to make positive choices for their future careers.”
Notes to Editors
Lorien is a specialist technology recruitment consultancy and service provider working across a wide variety of sectors. They have offices in London, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Belfast, and Frankfurt.
With over 40 years’ experience working with professionals of all levels and organisations of all sizes, Lorien has an established reputation for delivering high quality, market-leading RPO, MSP, SOW, and recruitment services. For more information, please visit www.lorienglobal.com.
Lorien is proud to be part of Impellam Group, the 2nd largest staffing company in the UK and the 6th largest Managed Service provider wordwide. Their vision is to become ‘the world’s most trusted staffing company FULL MEASURE’ – for more information visit www.impellam.com.
TechGirls is a schools outreach provider that supports schools to enrich their STEM experience through bringing industry experience and classroom management together, to deliver fun, interactive, and inclusive STEM workshops. Their mission is simple – to help bridge the digital skills gap and diversify the industry. For more information, please visit www.techgirls.com.