To celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th of March we’ll be running a week long series of blog posts to celebrate the work we’ve achieved with our sponsors. The first company featured in this week’s series of posts is Thoughtworks...
Code First: Girls and Thoughtworks’ relationship started with a single event in 2015, but has rapidly expanded to include hosting our courses and most recently us, as their London office became the new home of CF: G HQ.
Since beginning as hosts for our Spring/Summer 2015 courses at their Manchester and London offices, we’ve since run a total of four courses together and taught over 100 young women to learn to code for free. From Beginners Introduction to web development HTML/CSS to Advanced Python, we’ve been blown away by the level of support from the dedicated team of Thoughtworks staff who teach on our courses as Volunteer Instructors.
In February 2016 we took our partnership to the next level, as Thoughtworks became a space sponsor in kind for CF: G HQ as well as our courses, as we relocated to their London office.
Jade Daubney who has worked closely with CF: G and is the UK Graduate Talent Scout at Thoughtworks, (or as she terms it working in “finding the most amazing graduates for an amazing company”) said the following the work we’ve achieved together:
“ThoughtWorks have been partnering with Code First Girls for just over a year. We were blown away with how many young women were inspired and motivated by them and by the fantastic work they do to get women into tech. We have been involved in the actual teaching of programming languages and events such as 'Hack Your Career'. We were always impressed with the hard work and enthusiasm from the team at Code First Girls. I adore everything Code First Girls stands for!”
We’ve been inspired by working with an organisation that is as deeply committed to diversifying technology as we are. Thoughtworks very much walk the walk (not just talk the talk) shown by the fact that they have 33% of women in tech roles; well above the UK/Telco sector average of 17% of women.
Since moving to Thoughtworks we’ve found the office to be an incredibly friendly and inclusive environment, and have been encouraged by the support and positivity of all their staff. We’ve especially enjoyed being in the same space as other like minded organisations committed to diversifying tech, such as Mum’s in Technology, who are also supported by Thoughtworks.
For all of these reasons we’re really delighted to be celebrating International Women’s Day at both their London office tonight and their Manchester office tomorrow.
We find it hard to remember CF: G without Thoughtworks, and can’t believe what we’ve achieved together in just over a year. We’re excited to continue to work together this year, and to further grow the ways our partnership is creating the positive change we want to see in technology.
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