5 Women who are striking the right balance with apprenticeships
Written on: 8 March 2019
Written by: Bethany Lowdon
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It is no secret that the tech industry is male dominated, with women making up only 19% of the digital tech workforce. There is now more demand than ever to fill jobs in the world of tech, with technology constantly changing and advancing.
At Baltic we are determined to bridge the gap by providing opportunities for young women to start their career in IT, Software and Digital Marketing.
Here are 5 examples of women who have began their career with an IT or digital apprenticeship.
Kathryn Monkcom completed a Level 3 Digital Marketing apprenticeship with Baltic. With the support of her apprenticeship, Kathryn implemented a full marketing strategy. She then progressed onto a level 4 programme and was promoted to Marketing Manager, where she now has another apprentice who directly reports to her.
“To any women thinking about a career in digital marketing, I would say to just go for it and do not let anyone hold you back. Nobody realises how much apprenticeships are valued in this industry, because it is a very practical thing.”
Freya Maclachlan began her career as a Front-end Web Developer at Aviva with a Level 4 Software Development apprenticeship. This involved main work on the Aviva website, learning different coding languages and understanding how to create a website from start to finish.
“I think it’s incredibly important that we get more women into tech, specifically software development, because without women like Grace Hopper and Ada Lovelace, we wouldn’t have the programming languages like we know today. I know its something companies are pushing for, but there still needs to be a lot more done.”
Jade Short started an apprenticeship in Digital Marketing at the software development company Langley Foxall. Jade is in charge of writing copy for the website, articles and award entries and updating social media with the latest news. As well as analysing how well content is performing, adapting the strategy and general marketing plans to better performance.
“The tech/software industry is definitely male dominated, however, if I’m honest, software wasn’t something I thought about doing, I wanted to get into marketing and learn about a new industry but I wouldn’t have thought I would be working at a software development company. Now I know more about the industry I have become very passionate about how software and technology are helping people but before I wouldn’t have given it a thought beforehand.”
Charlotte started her career with RSPB as a Level 3 Infrastructure Technician apprentice. Her day to day role mainly involves answering phone calls and dealing with requests on the user blog and self-service system. She is also Baltic's Apprentice of the Year 2019!
“I struggled finding what I wanted to do at school. Most girls were going for art subjects, but I didn’t enjoy music and hated drama, so I didn’t really know where to go. The only other option that fitted was a further course in ICT. I did a module where we had to make a game and I really enjoyed it, so when I finished my GCSEs, I decided to do double IT at A Level. I really enjoyed that too and it was the only subject that I felt I could progress in and make a career out of.
In our department there’s hundreds of males and we have around 50 females, which is a really low ratio. Within the team I’m in, it’s all boys, which can be quite overwhelming at times because they don’t feel the need to listen to me as much as they would another guy. It’s nice to have more females so you can feel more comfortable and confident to take a stand.”
Lucy Reed started her career at Roundhouse Digital as a Level 3 Digital Marketing apprentice. Her role involves maintaining several clients’ social media accounts, researching into different industries to create relevant and engaging posts that are suitable for various platforms.
“I don’t feel like I am a “woman in tech”, I just feel like I work within technology and I just happen to be a woman. I never think of this as a disadvantage. I know that there are very few women in the industry and I just don’t know why! Women are very creative and this sector is crying out for creativity and a fresh perspective, it’s an ideal industry for a woman to thrive in.”
These are just 5 examples of women who are striking the right balance with apprenticeships. By working in partnership with employers across the country, we have empowered many young women to start their career in tech. But we’re only just starting to tip the scales.
If you’re ready to start a career in tech, take a look at our vacancies here.