1. ITV Report

Guernsey schoolgirls encouraged to join the tech industry

Schoolgirls learning how to code in Guernsey Credit: ITV Channel TV

Two tech groups in Guernsey are working together to try and get young women interested in technology.

‘STEMettes’ and ‘DXC Technology’ set school girls a series of real life problems to solve, using computer coding, which could benefit Guernsey.

They say “it’s all about encouraging confidence” in the next generation.

The Ladies College, Guernsey College of Further Education (CoFE), and the Grammar School took part in the event at The Digital Greenhouse in St Peter Port.

There’s concern that women are being discouraged from pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) – partly due to “gender stereotypes”.

Currently, there are fewer women in STEM careers according to Miranda Webb, an Advisor at DXC Technology.

There aren’t as many women in STEM careers because we’re generally used to not seeing women in STEM careers…It’s all about encouraging confidence…It’s really important that we show positive role models [to show] that anyone can have a career in STEM.

– Miranda Webb, Advisor at DXC Technology

Similar workshops have been running for five years and aim to “support and inspire the next generation of young women working in STEM.”

Many of the young women who attended the early sessions are now working in STEM careers, according to STEMettes.