Sup­port for women in join­ing IT

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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.’’

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