CarTrawler promotes careers in tech with Code First Girls

Women employees will be provided with the opportunity to kickstart careers in software engineering

7 February 2024

CarTrawler has partnered with Code First Girls, the largest provider of free coding courses and employment opportunities for women globally, to offer free coding training to 19 women currently employed by the company.

The group will initially take part in an eight-week Code First Girls Coding Kickstarter – Introduction to JavaScript course, with two participants selected to advance to the CFGdegree. The degree involves four months of intensive training in one of the following specialisms software engineering, data, full stack or product management. The successful candidates will be offered the opportunity to join CarTrawler’s technology team upon completion.

The initiative with Code First Girls is part of a wider gender equity programme at CarTrawler, one element of which is to address under-representation of women in technology roles. According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), women accounted for just 25.9% of STEM professionals in Ireland in 2020.

CarTrawler is one of the first Irish companies to partner with the UK-based Code First Girls initiative, which to date have provided 150,000 opportunities for women to learn to code and work with 130 industry partners to build their pipeline of diverse tech talent. Based on the levels of interest received from women employees at CarTrawler, it is expected that the programme will continue to run to provide more women employees with the opportunity to learn to code and support the company’s talent pipeline in tech roles.

Jody Jordan, chief people officer, CarTrawler, said: “We recognise the significant gender gap in STEM careers for women in Ireland. Our proactive partnership with Code First Girls underscores our commitment at CarTrawler to support our women employees interested in engineering, facilitating their career transition and fostering their professional advancement… Having collaborated with the 30% Club and Connecting Women in Tech, we’ve initiated various programs to promote women representation and career advancement in the Tech sector. Additionally, we’ve introduced a comprehensive range of supports for our women employees. Our commitment remains steadfast, and we are dedicated to ongoing efforts in making the tech sector more accessible for women”.

Anna Brailsford, CEO, Code First Girls, said: “With 94% of tech employers in Ireland reporting skills shortages as the main barrier to growth, and just 15% of Irish STEM graduates being women, it’s clear that businesses in the region need to find alternative ways of building diverse tech teams in their workforces.

“Through our partnership, Car Trawler is helping to plug this gap by upskilling their existing employees to kickstart their careers in software engineering – at no cost to them. As one of our first partnerships in Ireland, we’re delighted to be supporting accessibility to one of the most lucrative careers in a rapidly developing tech hub.”

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