Trans­power sup­ports young women in Shad­owTech day 2018

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GIRLS IN Years nine to 11 tak­ing part in Shad­owTech 2018 vis­ited Trans­power of­fices in late May to see just what the SOE does. The pro­gramme con­nects girls at school with women work­ing in the tech sec­tor, who act as men­tors. Sec­ondary school stu­dents get to spend a day with the wo­man in tech, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a day in the life of an IT pro­fes­sional.

The ob­jec­tive is to see an in­crease in the num­ber of fe­males who choose STEM (Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, Engi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics) re­lated sub­jects at a sec­ondary and ter­tiary level and ul­ti­mately choose a ca­reer in tech.

Trans­power says it has a lot to of­fer the stu­dents who at­tend, with ac­tiv­ity in each of the STEM dis­ci­plines. The power com­pany first sup­ported Shad­owTech last year in Welling­ton and this year added its Otahuhu (Auck­land) of­fice. Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Ali­son An­drew says the or­gan­i­sa­tion wanted to pro­vide fur­ther sup­port for this year’s event.

“Last Shad­owTech day we saw stu­dents re­ally en­gage with our peo­ple and gain insights into where their stud­ies could take them. This year we have reached out to a higher num­ber of schools, as we want to broaden our reach and in­spire more young women. We want to show them var­i­ous ca­reer path­ways to suc­cess in ar­eas that need di­ver­sity of thought.

“While we’re see­ing more women study­ing tech­nol­ogy and engi­neer­ing, we still have some work to do to at­tract and re­tain more women in the work­place. Di­ver­sity is good for busi­ness and one of the ways we can im­prove these num­bers is to pro­mote the many ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to young women.

“As with most in­dus­tries, ad­vance­ments in tech­nol­ogy are chang­ing the engi­neer­ing pro­fes­sion and cre­at­ing lots of new and in­ter­est­ing job op­por­tu­ni­ties for our young peo­ple.

“We’re hop­ing our con­tin­ued sup­port of Shad­owTech will fur­ther en­cour­age young women to con­sider the tech­nol­ogy and engi­neer­ing sec­tors as they make pos­i­tive de­ci­sions about their future.”

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