The CompTIA A/NZ Channel Community has brought its global Dream IT initiative to Australia and New Zealand.
The Dream IT program has been running in the USA since 2014 and in the UK since 2015, led by the CompTIA Advancing Women in IT Community, a group that aims to empower women and girls by equipping them with the skills needed to launch and grow their own IT careers.
According to The Missing Link general manager, and member of the CompTIA ANZ Executive Council, Karen Drewitt, the local community has shown real dedication in preparing for the launch of the initiative.
“Involving women in IT is an important issue and I urge everyone to get involved in the cause and spread the message. The industry offers endless opportunities for women but it has been a challenge for our industry to get that message across to young people,” she said.
“A greater number of women in IT will bring a balance of leadership styles and interpersonal skills to the IT workplace, and help alleviate the growing IT skills gap in Australia and New Zealand,” she added.
Tableau Software commercial sales manager and former vice chair, CompTIA ANZ Channel Community Executive Council, Kellie Hackney, added that often, young women are unaware of the opportunities, earning power and satisfaction that can be gained from a career in IT.
“We are excited for the Dream IT program to inspire women and girls to explore the diverse variety of opportunities available to them in our industry,” she said.