Tech­mums scheme aims to break down dig­i­tal bar­ri­ers for women

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

THE Pen Llŷn area in Gwynedd will be the first in Wales to im­ple­ment an in­no­va­tive scheme for moth­ers, and women in gen­eral, to learn about the dig­i­tal world.

The pur­pose of the #Tech­mums char­ity is to give mums and women who have for one rea­son or another left the world of work, the skills and con­fi­dence to en­able them to reen­gage in work again us­ing the lat­est tech­nol­ogy to do so, whether it’s in an of­fice or in their homes.

Dr Sue Black who es­tab­lished the char­ity, re­cently vis­ited Co­leg Meirion Dwyfor in Pwll­heli to train staff on how to set up the dig­i­tal cour­ses for Pen Llŷn women.

Dr Black left the school at 16, mar­ried young and had three chil­dren.

By the age of 25, she was liv­ing in a refuge for women and their chil­dren.

She then earned a doc­tor­ate in tech­nol­ogy and now spends a large amount of time work­ing in the US, pre­sent­ing a se­ries of con­fer­ences as well as pro­mot­ing #Tech­mums.

She founded #Tech­mums in 2012, a five-week course to train women in com­put­ers.

The scheme has given thou­sands of women skills across Eng­land, and now Gwynedd Coun­cil has asked her to start a pi­lot scheme in Pen Llŷn. This will be the first #Tech­mums course to be rolled out in Wales and in another lan­guage other than English.

Coun­cil­lor Ioan Thomas, Gwynedd Coun­cil’s Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, said: “The idea with Tech­mums is that we fo­cus on iden­ti­fy­ing a co­hort of women, whether they are moth­ers or women who have dropped out of the labour mar­ket, em­pow­er­ing them in tech­nol­ogy and showing the op­por­tu­ni­ties that ex­ist, whether so­cially or within the world of work.

“That can en­sure that women in­crease their con­fi­dence and abil­ity and iden­tify work op­por­tu­ni­ties that en­able them to work from home and work flex­i­ble hours to fit in with child­care re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.”

There will be four #Tech­mums cour­ses held be­tween now and March 2018 as part of the pi­lot project. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Gwe­nan 01758 701385 ext 8663/richar1g@ gllm.ac.uk

● Gwynedd Coun­cil and Grwp Llan­drilloMe­nai staff wel­com­ing Dr Sue Black to Co­leg Meirion Dwyfor. Dr Black, Gwe­nan Richards (Grwp Llan­drilloMe­nai), Myo Tint (Grwp Llan­drilloMe­nai), Sioned Mor­gan Thomas (Gwynedd Coun­cil), Louise Howe (Grwp Llan­drillo-Menai) and Aled JonesGrif­fiths (As­sis­tant Prin­ci­pal Co­leg Meirion Dwyfor)

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