The TechUP programme takes 100 women from the Midlands and North of England, particularly from underrepresented communities, with degrees or experience in any subject area, retrains them in technology and then gives them the opportunity to interview with a company for an internship/apprenticeship/job.

The retraining programme, developed by the Partner Universities in conjunction with the Industrial Partners, has modules at level 6/7 and includes:

  • Technology: coding, data science, cyber security, machine learning, agile project management.
  • Workplace readiness skills: public speaking, clear communication, working as a team.

For Industry Partners, there are four key benefits to partnering with the programme:

  1. Positive contribution to improving diversity.
  2. Opportunity to recruit from a diverse pool of talent.
  3. Volunteering opportunities for your staff.
  4. Your business promoted as a partner of TechUPWomen.

 

For Participants, there are four key aspects to the programme:

  1. 4 residential weekends hosted by the 4 Partner Universities with training and bringing together Participants, with the academic and industrial organisations.
  2. Continuous access online training to complement and enhance the residentials.
  3. At the end of the programme successful participants receive a certificate and an interview with a Partner company.
  4. To assist with the sustainability of the programme in future years, successful Participants will be encouraged to become ambassadors for the IoC-TechUP programme.

 

Our 2019/20 cohort completed the TechUPWomen programme in January 2020 with our final residential weekend and graduation ceremony in Nottingham, many of their stories can be found on our blog page.

 

Following the success of the first cohort the TechUP team are now looking for new industry partners in order to run this programme again, if your organisation would like more information on partnering with  future TechUP programme please get in touch via our contact us page.

If you'd like to learn more about TechUpWomen you can contact us for more information on ioc.techup@durham.ac.uk

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