Computing Club for Girls: inspiring tomorrow’s IT workforce

The awards recognise and celebrate the efforts of employees who have gone above and beyond their day jobs.

The Inclusion and Diversity category recognizes employees for best practices or behaviours that have either encouraged greater diversity within the company or found new ways to accommodate individual needs.  Our UK finalist for this year’s award is the ‘Computing Club for Girls’ from Global IS.

Kerrie Martin, IS Process Change Manager

BITC Global ISWhat can you tell us about your project?

Computing Club for Girls (CC4G) is a programme aimed at inspiring girls aged between 9-14 years old to become more interested in technology and is run by TechFuture UK. In Global IS we use this programme to regularly visit schools to not only educate the girls about Information Technology (IT) but also provide them with role models and more information on the IT careers available to them.

What does it mean to reach the final of the Chairman’s Awards?

This means a great deal to all of our volunteers and being in the final two for the Inclusion and Diversity category recognises all the hard work they put in above and beyond their day jobs, and the teachers and children at our schools are really excited too!

What are you most looking forward to about the ceremony in London on 23 June?

We are looking forward to hearing about all the other great work that is carried out throughout National Grid and meeting all the other finalists. We can’t wait to tell other people about our programme as well.

Anything else you’d like add?

In April this year we were privileged to accept the ‘Inspiring the future workforce’ award at the Opportunity Now awards ran by Business in the Community competing with the likes of McKinsey, HSBC, Unilever, BAE Systems, Credit Suisse, Diageo etc. We are very proud of this achievement.

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