BAE Systems has announced a new partnership with Code First Girls (CFG), which provides free coding courses for women in the UK, to sponsor its CFG degree programme.
The partnership, led by BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, which supplies cyber security solutions to insurers, aims to encourage more women to enter careers in tech and science.
The 13-week, industry-approved course will run through the summer, giving 15 students the skills they need to prepare them for jobs in software engineering.
Theresa Palmer, Head of Diversity and Inclusion for BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, said: “The future success of our business depends on us having a diverse workforce and the partnership with Code First Girls helps us to raise awareness about the career opportunities for women in our sector and provide young women from diverse backgrounds with the skills they’ll need to succeed.”
Code First Girls CEO Anna Brailsford added: “We are excited to announce our partnership with BAE Systems, providing women across the UK with access to free tech education, training and full time employment with such a respected and ambitious employer.
“Code First Girls is committed to giving women the fair advantage, and this support from BAE Systems helps us to continue to close the tech gender gap, teaching over 60,000 women to code for free.”
The CFG degree training is delivered by Code First Girls, with mentoring support and guest lecture spots provided by BAE Systems.
Once students have graduated, they will have the option of being fast-tracked into a BAE Systems graduate recruitment scheme, which could result in them joining the company as junior software engineers.
BAE Systems invests around £100 million a year in skills and training in the UK, and as part of its commitment to improving diversity it has set an ambition that more than 30% of its UK workforce will be women by 2030.
The new partnership with CFG builds on last year’s Coding Success programme which was delivered virtually to 36,000 young people in 600 schools.
BAE Systems Digital Intelligence business was established earlier this year, bringing together the company’s more than forty years’ experience across digital, data, cyber and intelligence capabilities.