Regional Mayor, Tim Bowles visited Mayden Academy during National Careers Week and International Women’s Week (2-8 March) and spoke with some of the women who had found success from courses supported by the WIDJET project – which is helping to get more women into digital jobs, education and training.
Georgina, from Bristol, achieved the career change she was looking for by securing a job in tech after completing a WIDJET course with Mayden Academy. Georgina said: “This is probably the best thing that has ever happened to me – being able to do this course and go from not being fulfilled and worrying about my finances for the rest of my life. It’s not just giving you the course and giving you the skills – it is giving us the ability to be independent for the rest of our lives and actually have enough money to do more of the things that we enjoy.”
West of England Mayor Tim Bowles said: “It was inspiring to see how our WIDJET project has supported even more people on these courses to boost their skills and improve their career prospects – ultimately changing their lives for the better.
“One of my ambitions as Regional Mayor is to improve job opportunities for all our residents and make sure our region’s success is inclusive so everyone has the chance to benefit. I’m also working hard to ensure that businesses in the West of England have a pool of talent to recruit from, particularly in key areas such as digital and tech.”
The academy was set up by Bath-based health firm Mayden to run intensive training in coding, software development and project management for potential employees, benefiting Mayden and other local businesses.
Margaret Davidson, Business Development and Marketing Manager at Mayden Academy, said: “The WIDJET scheme was fantastic for getting more women into coding. Every woman who finished our programming course is now in a brand new career as a developer, with great long-term prospects ahead of them. We’ve also noticed many more women are now applying to come and study to be a coder with us – it has really helped to show that this is a career that is not only available to women, but one in which they really thrive and excel.”
The West of England Combined Authority is made up of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils. It also works with partners including the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, North Somerset Council and others, to deliver economic growth for the wider region.