Support for women in joining IT
EMPLOYERS in the IT industry need to support flexible work arrangements and cultivate the best talent to encourage women into their industry, says a new professional development group.
Mastermind Smart Girls has been launched by specialist consultancy firm The Mastermind Group to support and encourage women to join or re-enter the information, communications and technology (ICT) workforce.
One focus is to support women to take on leadership roles.
Chairman and founder Fulvio Inserra says it already is difficult for women to be successful in business, let alone make their mark in the ICT industry.
‘‘ This isn’t a man versus women thing. It’s more about acknowledging and leveraging the value that women can bring to the ICT industry and, as a result, showing that together we can make a genuine difference in improving the strike rate for the delivery of successful project outcomes,’’ he says.
‘‘ Project management and business analysis skills are critical for delivering successful projects and outcomes and we believe that women are the untapped pool of natural skills and talent to address this gap in a professional, flexible and methodical way.’’