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BAE Systems sponsors Code First Girls CFGdegree to encourage greater workplace diversity

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BAE Systems is partnering with Code First Girls, one of the largest providers of free coding courses for women in the UK, to sponsor its CFGdegree programme.
London – Tuesday 10th May 2022 - BAE Systems is partnering with Code First Girls, one of the largest providers of free coding courses for women in the UK, to sponsor its CFGdegree programme.
 
The 13-week, industry-approved course offers career pathways into a variety of technology roles to help encourage more women into STEM careers. BAE Systems is sponsoring this summer’s CFGdegree course that offers 15 students the skills they need to start an exciting career in software engineering.
 
The CFGdegree training is delivered by Code First Girls, with mentoring support and guest lecture spots provided by BAE Systems. Once students have graduated, they will have the option of being fast-tracked into a BAE Systems graduate recruitment scheme, which could result in them joining the company as junior software engineers.
 
BAE Systems invests approximately £100 million a year in skills and training in the UK. The company is committed to improving diversity and has set an ambition that more than 30% of its UK workforce will be women by 2030. The partnership with Code First Girls is being led by BAE Systems’ new Digital Intelligence business, which was established earlier this year and brings together the company’s more than forty years’ experience across digital, data, cyber and intelligence capabilities.
 
Theresa Palmer, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, BAE Systems Digital Intelligence comments: “The future success of our business depends on us having a diverse workforce and the partnership with Code First Girls helps us to raise awareness about the career opportunities for women in our sector and provide young women from diverse backgrounds with the skills they’ll need to succeed.”
 
The new partnership builds on last year’s Coding Success programme which was delivered virtually to 36,000 young people in 600 schools.
 
“We are excited to announce our partnership with BAE Systems, providing women across the UK with access to free tech education, training and full time employment with such a respected and ambitious employer. Code First Girls is committed to giving women the fair advantage, and this support from BAE Systems helps us to continue to close the tech gender gap, teaching over 60,000 women to code for free”, said Anna Brailsford, CEO at Code First Girls.
 
The CFGdegree programme begins on May 23rd and runs through to September, with BAE Systems Digital Intelligence sponsoring an impressive 15 places. Applications are now closed, but future courses can be applied to here.
 
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