NatWest supports tech training for displaced Ukrainian women | Computer Weekly

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NatWest Financial institution has teamed up with technical training organizations to pilot a program aimed toward offering know-how training to Ukrainian displaced women in Scotland, the place a number of the women who full the training can have the chance to work in Royal Financial institution of Scotland’s NatWest Group enterprise.

The financial institution is partnering with Capital Metropolis Partnership, which promotes jobs in Edinburgh, and Code First Ladies, a training group, as a part of a program aimed toward empowering migrant women in coding and software program improvement.

NatWest is sponsoring 60 women to finish introductory know-how programs. Round 10 women will full the Code First Ladies Diploma program and, in the event that they full and move, might be provided everlasting employment on the financial institution as software program engineers.

Wincy Wong, Head of Digital X HR at NatWest, stated the initiative is a part of the financial institution’s dedication to help Ukrainian households: “[We] to acknowledge the flexibility and expertise of those women who’ve come via a lot.”

Wong stated most of the women are extremely certified engineers, academics and mathematicians who needed to work in low-paid jobs, in the event that they discovered any in any respect, after arriving within the UK.

“We additionally know that women solely maintain 23% of all digital know-how roles in Scotland, so there’s a want to extend the gender steadiness within the sector. It made excellent sense for us to have the ability to present this inhabitants with extra alternatives to seek out gainful employment in certainly one of our most necessary banking divisions,” Wong added.

Anna Brailsford, CEO of Code First Ladies, stated empowering women in tech “will help construct a extra various and inclusive business that’s higher geared up to satisfy the calls for of right this moment and innovate for the longer term.”

Ukraine is a hotbed of IT expertise and entrepreneurship. Its IT business remained resilient in the course of the Russian invasion of the nation and continues to develop.

In accordance with a report by the IT Ukraine Affiliation, the worth of IT exports between the Russian invasion final February and the top of December was $6 billion, up 10% from the identical interval in 2001.

Virtually 290,000 folks in Ukraine are employed within the IT sector, and IT exports account for 3.5% of Ukraine’s GDP and 37.8% of whole service exports in 2021. At the moment, many IT specialists who’ve misplaced their place of residence work in several European nations.

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