M247 have partnered with Tech Manchester, in support of their mission to get more women into network support roles and onto an improved career path with their initiative Tech Equity.

Tech Equity Manchester is a funded programme offering fully supported technical and professional skills training for those looking to move into network support roles. The programme is open for those who self-identify as women, non-binary or gender fluid and are under employed or unemployed.

Patricia Keating, Executive Director at Tech Manchester said ‘It is great for us to have M247 on-board offering training and guidance to our students. We encourage women from all backgrounds to get involved with our programme and join a career path working in the tech industry.’

M247 CEO Jenny Davies stated ‘Businesses such as M247 have an important part to play to encouraging women into the technology workforce. Organisations need to champion diversity to tackle gender imbalance and have a strong ethos against gender discrimination. My advice for any woman looking to embark on this career path is to know that it is okay to be different – know your worth, work really hard and let the results speak for themselves. Whether you’re a data analyst, a software engineer or a CEO, the STEM industry is filled with plenty of learning opportunities, and each day is filled with new and exciting challenges.’

The 16-week training programme started in August 2020 and is a blended approach with learners both in the classroom and Zoom to ensure that every learner is comfortable. These sessions will be delivered by Tech Manchester, M247, T.A.P. Project, The Heroworx Institute, Malleable Mind and UKFast. Supported by GMCA and DCMS. M247 technical staff will support with mentor opportunities, and industry talks helping to bring to life and offer a real-world application of what students are learning in the classroom.

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