Tech firm backs drive to re­cruit more women

Manchester Evening News - - BUSINESS - By SHELINA BEGUM

BJSS, a Manch­ester IT and busi­ness con­sul­tancy, is on track to reach rev­enues of £3.5m af­ter an­nounc­ing a re­cruit­ment cam­paign to hire 50 new staff.

The busi­ness, which has also ac­quired new of­fice space at the re­cently-re­fur­bished Union on Al­bert Square, has signed up as head­line spon­sor of Manch­ester Dig­i­tal’s flag­ship cam­paign, Dig­i­tal Her, to en­cour­age more fe­males into tech.

The ini­tia­tive works closely with schools across Manch­ester’s 10 bor­oughs and aims to tackle the short­age of women em­ployed in the city’s dig­i­tal and tech­nol­ogy in­dus­try by demon­strat­ing the breadth of roles and op­por­tu­ni­ties on of­fer.

“We want a bal­anced tech sec­tor in Manch­ester that is filled with op­por­tu­ni­ties,” ex­plains Stu­art

Bul­lock, BJSS man­ag­ing di­rec­tor. “We are do­ing our part by in­spir­ing young peo­ple and we are tak­ing pos­i­tive ac­tion to im­prove di­ver­sity in our in­dus­try. I’m de­lighted that our in­creased in­vest­ment in our Manch­ester oper­a­tion has ex­tended to Dig­i­tal Her be­cause it im­proves the long-term prospects for women in IT by boost­ing con­fi­dence, em­ploy­a­bil­ity and dig­i­tal skills.”

This in­vest­ment will en­able BJSS to tap fur­ther into the pool of skilled lo­cal tal­ent.

Matt Whal­ley, BJSS head of de­liv­ery, said: “I en­cour­age bold thinkers who are seek­ing fresh pro­fes­sional op­por­tu­ni­ties and want to con­trib­ute to­wards large dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tions to take a look at us.”

BJSS has sup­ported Dig­i­tal Her since its in­cep­tion in 2018, in­spir­ing over 1,200 young women to con­sider a fu­ture in the sec­tor.

In ad­di­tion to fi­nan­cial sup­port, key fe­male role mod­els from BJSS will con­tinue to pro­vide men­tor­ship, give ad­vice and hold in­ter­ac­tive work­shops.

“Manch­ester Dig­i­tal is de­lighted to have BJSS’ con­tin­ued sup­port in de­liv­er­ing Dig­i­tal Her – a pro­gramme that is tack­ling the dig­i­tal gen­der gap head on,” says Emma Grant, tal­ent and skills man­ager at Manch­ester Dig­i­tal.

“Our part­ner­ship with BJSS has al­ready pro­vided sup­port, op­por­tu­ni­ties and guid­ance to thou­sands of young women in­ter­ested in tech across Greater

Manch­ester

and our am­bi­tions for 2020 will be even big­ger now that the or­gan­i­sa­tion has be­come our strate­gic part­ner for the year. “We rely on for­ward-think­ing and so­cially re­spon­si­ble busi­nesses such as BJSS to con­tinue our work in in­spir­ing and em­pow­er­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of women to en­sure they be­lieve and feel they have a place in our dy­namic and ex­cit­ing in­dus­try,” BJSS pro­vides dig­i­tal de­sign, busi­ness and IT en­gi­neer­ing ser­vices to clients in the UK, Europe and USA.

Stu­art Bul­lock, BJSS man­ag­ing di­rec­tor

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