AWS and diversity, equity and inclusion consultancy The Dream Collective have launched the free online learning program SheDares, to help women pursue careers in tech.
The program follows the need addressed in the budget to onboard more digital workers, where research from AWS and AlphaBeta estimates an extra 6.5 million digital workers will be needed in Australia by 2025. The SheDares program is designed to address barriers to entry for women looking to enter the tech industry, change careers or return to the workforce.
According to Sarah Liu, Founder and Managing Director of The Dream Collective, “SheDares was created to equip women, especially those from a non-tech background who wouldn’t ordinarily consider a role in tech, to pivot into this high-growth sector.”
Research from The Dream Collective suggests that the barriers to entry for women looking for a career in tech include “the perception of a steep learning curve, not knowing where to start in terms of exploring tech career pathways, and a lack of visible female role models.”
The self-paced digital program is made up of four modules assisting participants to understand common misconceptions about tech careers, learn to transfer their current skills to in-demand tech roles, work to overcome barriers, and generate an action roadmap to access career opportunities in the industry.
Upon completion of the modules, participants can access three AWS designed pathways:
- The Build Skills pathway includes cloud training and preparation for AWS Certification exams.
- The Ready to Pivot pathway includes information about job opportunities at Amazon as well as job placement programs such as AWS re/Start and AWS Tech U.
- The Explore a Little More pathway supplements the training with upcoming events and workshops, giving participants exposure to senior tech leaders and speakers from AWS and industry partners.
According to Adam Beavis, Managing Director, AWS Australia and New Zealand, “By encouraging women to consider a career in tech through the SheDares program we aim help to increase diversity in Australia’s digital workforce, address the digital skills gap, and build resilience in our economy.
“Diversity in both teams and leadership is a critical driver of innovation, customer service, creativity, and business growth.”