Anna Somaiya discusses KPMG’s signature programme tackling gender diversity in technology
“Since 2015, we have increased the female headcount in technology roles at KPMG from 26% to 42%. And we’ve seen the proportion of women who accept offers at KPMG increase from 36% to 95%.”
In our latest video, Anna Somaiya, Director of IT Transformation and Founder and Leader of IT’s Her Future, discusses how KPMG has sought to improve gender diversity in technology roles.
Anna founded IT’s Her Future in 2015 to tackle the issue. Since its’ launch in 2015, the programme has helped increase the number of women in technology roles at KPMG as well as the proportion who accept job offers.
Engaging earlier to create an interest in tech
A key part of IT’s Her Future is a mentoring scheme. When it started, the scheme had just 30 mentees – that has since snowballed to around 300. But to keep up with the constantly increasing demand for technology, it’s vital that we maintain a strong pipeline of diverse talent. That means engaging with parents, teachers and schools much earlier.
The aim is to remove the idea that there are ‘girl jobs’ and ‘boy jobs’ and to change the perception that tech is not a sector for girls.
To tackle this, IT’s Her Future launched a programme for juniors, which aims to inspire the next generation of female tech talent. Volunteers go into primary schools, run workshops and enable children to be creative and curious with technologies – enabling them to learn about coding, augmented reality and other exciting aspects of the industry.
The programme includes the ‘Future Leaders Week’, which offers year eight, nine and ten girls work experience. They learn about design thinking, hear from real role models and see the various coding options available to them. In response to COVID-19, the program has continued to run virtual coding sessions to ensure that technology education continues for everyone.
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