Encouraging girls into IT

Girls consistently outperform boys in IT-related subjects at school, but too rarely continue their studies to pursue a career in IT.

Every year the IT & Telecoms professional workforce requires almost 21,000 new entrants directly from education.

At present, only 17% of IT professionals are women and only 15% of students on IT-related degrees in the UK are female. We’ve found that many female students don’t realise what an IT career can involve and see the sector as male-dominated (which it is), geeky and complex.

e-skills UK aims to change girls' perception of IT and increase the number of girls in IT-related jobs with:

  • clubs for 10-14-year-olds that bring the IT sector to life using fashion, music, celebrity and design
  • careers information for teenagers showcasing women who are successful technologists in rewarding careers
  • exclusive insights from real women in IT-related jobs who are passionate about what they do
  • the employer-supported Information Technology Management for Business degree course
  • exposure to IT employers through events for students of all ages
  • undergraduate internships


IT for girls: the difference we’re making

Our initiatives have had some great results so far:

  • 84% of the girls on our CC4G programme for 10-14 year olds say they’re more likely to consider further education or a career in technology. That’s 105,000 girls.
    Find out more about the CC4G programme
  • 73% of registered users on our BigAmbition website are girls. The site is aimed at teenage students and features profiles of over 60 companies.
    Find out more about BigAmbition
  • our Information Technology Management for Business degree, offered by 12 UK universities, has more than double the national average of girls enrolled on other IT-related degrees.
    Find out more about the ITMB degree


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What girls are saying
”CC4G really inspired me for my future plans. I have now applied to Nottingham University to study Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence.”
Lerato Ranthamane