Zoopla helps to boost female tech future
5th September 2019
Zoopla helps to boost female tech future
Tech She Can Charter reaches 128 signatories
Zoopla, the owner of multiple leading property-related website, software and data brands, and founding member of Tech She Can – a charter that seeks to tackle gender imbalance in the technology industry, has jointly announced that it has reached 128 signatories. Launched in February 2018, the tech-led initiative is driven by a group of organisations comprising businesses of all sizes from a breadth of industries, including professional services, aviation, technology, banking, media and many others.
The Tech She Can Charter is a commitment by organisations to work together to increase the number of women working in technology roles in the UK. It aims to address the root cause of the problem at a societal level by inspiring and educating young girls and women to pursue tech careers, and to share best practice across the organisations involved.
Each of the signatories agrees to work on streams of activity together, which include:
Supporting policy - Leading the diversity debate alongside educators and policymakers. Building relationships and raising awareness of the initiative with prospective supporters;
Improve education - Providing inspiring educational content for teachers, careers advisers, parents and pupils to bring the technology curriculum to life and show young people, especially girls, the possibility that a career in technology can bring;
An image overhaul - Profile inspiring and relatable role models to encourage children and young adults - especially girls - by showing the breadth of career opportunities available in technology.
Over the past 12 months, a schools engagement pilot called ‘Tech We Can’, has benefitted 726 10-13 year old students from nine schools across the UK. The programme provides teachers with female-friendly lesson plans, giving both the boys and girls in their classrooms an insight into what a career in technology means and why it’s a great future career option, regardless of gender or background. The lessons have been developed by a teacher who has joined The Tech She Can Charter and is an education consultant from PwC.
Sandy Lacey-Aberdein, Head of Talent Acquisition, at Zoopla, which is a founding member of the Tech She Can Charter, comments: “Industry plays a vital role in addressing the gender imbalance endemic to the tech landscape, both today and for the future talent pipeline. As a leading technology business, it is critical for Zoopla to spearhead effective initiatives that encourage women into tech-led careers, and with recent press reports indicating a decline in girls choosing to study ICT or computing at GCSE level, our responsibility is more acute than ever.
“We are delighted to have a new cohort of partners from across a range of industries on board, supporting the Tech She Can Charter. We hope that engagement continues to gather momentum over the next 12 months; together and through collaboration, we can deliver maximum impact.”
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Notes to editors
The Zoopla Limited property division includes some of the UK's leading property portal, software, marketing and data insights brands that help property professionals market their properties, promote their brand, make informed decisions and manage their business efficiently. Our websites and apps attract over 50 million visits per month and over 25,000 business partners use our range of services.
Zoopla is the UK's most comprehensive property portal, helping consumers research the market and find their next home by combining hundreds of thousands of property listings with market data and local information.
PrimeLocation is one of the UK's leading property websites, helping house-hunters in the middle / upper tiers of the market to find their dream home from the top estate and letting agents and property developers.
SmartNewHomes is the UK's leading website dedicated exclusively to new builds, helping buyers understand the market and search for new build homes from all the leading property developers across the country.
Hometrack and Calcasa are leading providers of automated property valuations and statistical property market insights in the UK and the Netherlands to partners including mortgage lenders, developers, investors, government agencies, housing associations and others.
Alto, Jupix and Expert Agent are some of the leading cloud-based estate agency and property management software systems used by thousands of property professionals across the UK for the day-to-day management of inventory, marketing and communications.
PropertyFile is an innovative tool used by estate agents to improve communication and efficiency with their customers and to allow them to generate additional revenue streams via referrals.
TechnicWeb specialises in designing, developing, hosting and operating fully-responsive websites for the property sector.
Ravensworth is a leading provider of print and design solutions to estate agencies and developers, offering a comprehensive range of products and services for every stage of the property marketing journey from listing through to post-sale.
About Tech She Can
To find out more about the Tech She Can Charter, visit https://www.pwc.co.uk/who-we-are/women-in-technology/tech-she-can-charter.html
Current Tech She Can signatories are: Akkroo, Alexander Mann Solutions, Alfa Financial Software, Amble, American Express, AND digital, Apps for Good, Arm, Autumn Live, Barclays, BAE Systems, Baltic Training, BBBA Awards, British Science Association, Business 3.0 , Capita, Career accelerator, Caterham School, Channel 4, Churchill College, Close Brothers, Cloud Gateway, Colorintech, Colt Data Services, Colt Technology Services, Connect TVT, Computacenter, Computer Fitness, Corndel, Coventry Building Society, Credit Suisse, CW Jobs, DevelopHer, Digital Jam, Dimension Data, Education Business Partnership, EH booth, everywoman, Exate Technology, Estio Training, Fdisruptors, Featurespace, FICO, Foundation for Digital Creativity, Future First, Founder4Schools, Geeky Girl Reality, Girls Who Code, Globalcap, Girlguiding, Humanity X, ICAEW, Insight, InnovateHer, Inspire!, InteriMarket, Inviqa, JP Morgan, Justeat, Kaspersky, KPMG, Lewis, Like Minded Females, LV=General Insurance, Makers Academy, Maydens Academy, MBDA, Micro Focus, Mindcast, Mindscape AI, Missive, Modern Muse, Morgan Mckinley, Morgan Stanley, Money.co.uk, Mudano, NatWest, Nesta, Netsells, Okto Technologies, Onecom, One HealthTech, Oracle, Oxfam, PlayConsult, Power Speaking, ProspectSoft, PwC, Pyson, Queen Mary’s College, Royal Air Force, Ramsac, Reading room, Redington, REED, Rolls-Royce, Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, RSL, Sanctuary Housing Group, SANs Institute, ServiceNow, Smoothwall, Sophos , Sopra Steria Recruitment, Starling Bank, STEM learning, Surround Vision, Tata Consultancy Services, Tesco, Tech Girls , Tech Talent Charter, Technojobs, Totally money, Tradify, Transformation Trust, T Systems, UST Global, Virtual Umbrella, Vitae Jobs, Volume AI, Wavestone, Wayfinderwoman Trust, WeAreTheCity, Welsh Data Science Graduate Programme, WISE, Worldpay, Xero, Zen, ZPG, (Zoopla), YouEqual Tech.
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