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Date(s) - Tuesday, September 5, 2017
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm




Girl Geek Scotland Mentoring Community: Crossing The Great Divide

  • Tuesday 5 September 2017 at 6:30pm – 10pm
  • 3 hands-on workshops
  • Case studies of best practice from industry
  • Craneware, 1, Tanfield, Edinburgh EH3 5DA
  • Register on Eventbrite

Nearly half of female graduates in the digital technology sector come from non-tech backgrounds such as creative arts, business studies and natural/ social sciences. (Tackling The Technology Gender Gap Together).

This event uses a range of case studies from industry, showcasing initiatives designed to help you make that sideways move and develop the skills you need for a digital technology career. Whether you plan on professional training, going back to work, or enrolling on a graduate scheme our workshops can help you identify, plan for, and fill your skills gap to make that move. Please come along to meet like minded people and engage in lively discussion and action planning!


1. Professional Training Schemes: Transitioning to a career in digital tech
2. Back to Work: Inclusivity and Diversity at Sky Technology
3. Graduate Schemes: DXC’s initiative to get students’ into tech


Pre-register on Eventbrite

Please pre-register for the event as there are limited spaces and fire regulations mean that only people who register on Eventbrite can be admitted. If you cannot make it after all please cancel your ticket through Eventbrite to enable another person to attend – thanks!

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6:30pm-6:45pm – Registration and networking

6:45pm-7:00pm – Welcome and introductions

7:00pm-7:25pm – Presentations

7:25pm-7:50pm – Networking and refreshments

7:50pm-9:00pm – Workshops led by speakers

9:00pm-9:15pm – Wrap up

9:15pm-9:45pm – Networking and refreshments


Workshop Details

All our workshops use selected case studies from industry and academia to help you develop your career and business. These are hands-on workshops, so please come prepared to engage in lively discussions and bring a notepad for action planning. Workshops are usually limited to around 20 participants and depend on the size of breakout spaces.


1. Professional Training Scheme: Transitioning to a career in digital tech
Claire Hilditch, Craneware

Claire will present her journey from an arts education background to a career as a developer in digital tech.This is an ideal workshop for anyone considering a return to study or going on a professional training course in order to make a sideways move into a digital technology career.More details will follow


2. Back to Work: Inclusivity and Diversity at Sky Technology
Ronnie Corse, Sky

Thanks to the Get Into Tech programme, Sky is now a recognised leader in supporting returners and families through workplace initiatives. It won the ‘overall top employer’ and the ‘top employer award for career progression’ at the 2016 Workingmums.co.uk awards. Sky also won the ‘best employer’ award at the 2016 WISE awards for its Get Into Tech programme. This is the perfect workshop for anyone wanting to find out more about this initiative, thinking of a sideways move into a tech career or return to work after maternity or a period of absence. Also see Sky’s Early Careers.

The case study was originally published in “Case Study, Sky (P34), Tackling the Technology Gender Gap Together: A Best Practice Guide for Employers” by Equate Scotland’s and Skills Development Scotland, © 2017 CC-BY-SA


This workshop will give you an insight into how Sky are encouraging more women into careers in Technology. The discussion will cover what Sky are doing as part of their Early Career outreach program at schools , colleges and universities as well as an overview of the award winning “Get into Tech” program.


3. Graduate Schemes: DXC’s initiative to get students’ into tech
Jane Ballantine, Girl Geek Scotland

DXC Technology (a spin out from Hewlett Packard Enterprises) developed a well-structred two-year Graduate Scheme but realised this was too late to get school students to consider careers in technology. So, in conjunction with their graduates, they created a work experience programme and a schools initiative, which is having an impact in getting more girls into technology and onto their Graduate Scheme.

This workshop looks at the needs of students and employers at different stages of career development and the barriers facing young women entering IT at school and in the workplace, and how these can be overcome. Based on a case study from Emma MacRitchie of DXC Technology, we will look at successful strategies that can be adopted and lessons that can be leaned.



Wine/soft drinks and nibbles provided.


Directions and Parking

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Please ensure you are pre-registered on Eventbrite so we can easily check you in. No private parking is available, if arriving by vehicle please forward plan your parking options. On street parking is available in some areas nearby. Here are some parking options via Parkopedia.com (you can filter on Street, Car Parks, or Private to view different options).



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