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How to get women on bootcamps and in their dream tech jobs: GirlCode and Le Wagon

Hello! My name is James and I’m the co-founder of GirlCode. We are a dedicated Women-in-Tech online community and Technology consultancy with a single mission - to provide the tools and resources for women to both enter and remain in tech to close the current gender gap.

How to get women on bootcamps and in their dream tech jobs: GirlCode and Le Wagon
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Hello! My name is James and I’m the co-founder of GirlCode. We are a dedicated Women-in-Tech online community and Technology consultancy with a single mission - to provide the tools and resources for women to both enter and remain in tech to close the current gender gap. 

I get some people asking ‘why would this be done by a man?’ and that's a fair question! So, having worked in the technology industry for some years, I saw first hand there was an issue with gender diversity and thought I could do something about it. I couldn't understand why there was such a problem and seemed outdated and backwards that there were not more equal numbers within the space. So teaming up with a couple of others who felt the same way, GirlCode was created. It is a personal objective of mine, to use my privilege for good, to assist with diversity in engineering. 

I couldn't understand why there was such a problem and seemed outdated and backwards that there were not more equal numbers within the space. 

What’s GirlCode and why was it created? 


We were created with one clear vision - to try and close the gender tech gap. We provide a platform for female software engineers to share content and resources as well as gain access to new opportunities through our company partners and discounted coding bootcamps. We have done a lot of work in London but we have also expanded to Europe and the US in recent months. 

What's your community like? 


We have a supportive, useful (we like to think) community and I am probably most excited about being able to hold meetup events throughout the UK and Europe once lockdown has been lifted and things are back to normal. We have so many people within our community who are looking forward to meeting other engineers from the platform which will be awesome. We now have over 5,000 members! 

What are the common barriers for women to enter the tech industry? 


I think one of the big barriers that exist are old perceptions about engineering that can sometimes put people off - but it’s good to see this is changing and the numbers of women in engineering jobs is increasing all of the time. 

I think one of the big barriers that exist are old perceptions about engineering that can sometimes put people off...
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Your favourite role model / success story from your community?


One of my favourite success stories to date has to be finding a fully remote position (yes they do exist) for someone who had just finished a coding bootcamp. She was so happy with her new role and has now even been promoted within that same company. This is one of the main reasons we do what we do. 

Tell us about the London tech job market


London is a hub of activity when it comes to engineering and there are a huge number of companies currently hiring, even with the pandemic still going on. There are some brilliant companies to take a look at, however, there are areas that seem to be slightly neglected, in particular junior developer roles / entry level positions. We feel there needs to be more support for those trying to break into the industry for the first time and find their first role so we pay particular attention to trying to make this easier and support those individuals. This is why we have formed partnerships with some of the best coding bootcamps all over the world and have close ties with engineering teams to introduce individuals looking to break into the industry. 

There are a huge number of companies currently hiring, even with the pandemic still going on.

How do you support women who are already in tech? 


There are a number of ways we continue to support those who have maybe been in the industry for some time and these include, holding regular meet up events (under usual circumstances) where members of our community give talks and lead workshops, we also have a monthly newsletter and blog pages to keep everyone up to date with news from the women-in-tech network. A recent addition has been a coding repository we have set up for others to share code with other GirlCode members. 

You partner with companies, how? 


We have been lucky enough to partner with over 100 companies in the short time we have been up and running and it's great to see they all have the desire to improve gender diversity within the industry! We work closely with our clients to help them fill open engineering positions from members within our community. We also help with the entire recruitment process and make suggestions and alterations if we feel there is a slightly better way to do things. We also have a job board in which we display jobs our clients are trying to fill. 

We want to thank everyone for their fantastic support so far! We are also due to kickstart our meetup events again soon so look out for these! 

You can become a member of the GirlCode community at www.Girl-Code.co.uk and follow us on social media to stay up to date: Instagram - Twitter - Facebook - LinkedIn @GirlCodeRec. Watch this space for events with Le Wagon and other awesome initiatives we're working on together. 
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