Take a closer look at TechUPWomen 2019/20
To date, the impact of the programme has been substantial, with over 50% of graduates finding new roles or promotions within a wide range of industries. These include manufacturing (Jaguar Land Rover and MSP), software (Double Eleven Ltd), education (JISC and Code Nation), service (HR in One) and the public sector (Newcastle City Council, HMRC, the Civil Service and Durham Constabulary). Furthermore, graduates have also recently taken up board trustee positions (Being Woman) and moved into further education in Tech subjects.
An example of local impact is Fareeha Usman, one of our first graduates who also runs Being Woman a charitable organisation in Northumberland, Fareeha has used her new tech skills to continue to develop the work of Being Woman including passing on her learning in the form of digital skills courses for local woman. Fareeha has also teamed up with her mentor, Marianne Whitfield of MSP, to collaborate on new community projects in Northumberland. Fareeha and Marianne were interviewed by the NE Times on their wonderful new collaboration. Most recently Fareeha has been awarded a Rising Star award in the Charity and Not for Profit category by WeAreTheCity and recently spoke on a panel about diversifying the workforce at the Dynamo20 conference on 2th June 2020.
Another example is Benedicta Banga, who launched her App, Blaqbase while she was taking part in the TechUPWomen programme and has since developed and updated it using her new skills, most recently adding in-app purchasing functionality. Benedicta was recently interviewed by Sky News on her App and Black Pound Day.
The programme can also demonstrate:
- A 96% retention rate on the course (representing women who have continued to actively engage and make progress throughout the programme)
- A 64% successful pass rate
- 47 new jobs or promotions within 18 months of graduation.
- Our flexible approach to timescales and deadlines mean that all particpants have had the opportunity to complete the programme despite any personal challenges they may have faced.
TechUP Women has also been recognised through award wins and nominations.