Initiative aims to boost women’s participation in IT industry
Sydney, Australia – The CompTIA ANZ Channel Community has today announced the launch of its Dream IT initiative in Australia and New Zealand. The Dream IT program is a global effort, led by CompTIA’s Advancing Women in IT Community and joined by other CompTIA communities, to impart the message that the IT industry is a great place for women and girls.
The CompTIA ANZ Channel Community voted for the Dream IT initiative to be launched locally.
Karen Drewitt, general manager, The Missing Link, and member of the CompTIA ANZ Executive Council, said, "The IT industry offers endless opportunities for women but it has been a challenge for our industry to get that message across to young people. Dream IT aims to address that challenge and introduce young women to the range of opportunities offered by technology careers.
“A greater number of women in IT will bring a balance of leadership styles and interpersonal skills to the IT workplace, and help alleviate the growing IT skills gap in Australia and New Zealand.”
Kellie Hackney, commercial sales manager, Tableau Software, and former vice chair, ANZ Channel Community Executive Council, CompTIA, said, “Young women are often unaware of the opportunities, earning power, and satisfaction they can gain from a career in IT. We are excited for the Dream IT program to inspire women and girls to explore the diverse variety of opportunities available to them in our industry.”
The Dream IT program was successfully launched in the USA in 2014 and in the UK in 2015 by the CompTIA Advancing Women in IT Community. This community includes both women and men currently enjoying successful careers in IT. The group aims to empower women and girls with the know-how and skills they need to launch and grow their own IT careers.
Karen Drewitt said, “The local community has shown real dedication in preparing for the launch of the initiative. Involving women in IT is an important issue and I urge everyone to get involved in the cause and spread the message.”
The ANZ Dream IT website features ready-made presentation materials and resources anyone can use to spread the message about the opportunities in the IT workforce for women and girls.
Women and girls interested in learning more about careers in IT can visit the Career Resource Centre, which has comprehensive information on IT career options, tips for securing jobs, testimonials from women now in the IT workforce, and links to organisations that provide opportunities for mentoring, STEM education, and career guidance.
More information on the Dream IT initiative and how to get involved is also available on the site – https://www.comptia.org/communities/advancing-women-in-it/dream-it
For more information on the ANZ Channel Community, visit: https://www.comptia.org/communities/anz-channel
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