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The BCSWomen team says that it is working with female-focused open source specialist group Flossie to host a number of one-day career workshops to promote open source software application development as a ‘second’ career opportunity.
NOTE: BCS (formerly known as the British Computer Society and now rebranded as The Chartered Institute for IT) incorporates BCS women – the group’s main objective is to provide support for female IT professionals, as well as mentoring and encouraging girls/women to enter IT as a career.
These forthcoming events are said to be part of the organisation’s campaign to advise more women to take up or return to careers in IT.
NOTE: Estimates claim that women account for less than a fifth of ICT managers and 21 per cent of computer analysts.
According to the organisers, each of these workshops aims to increase awareness of the self-training opportunities and open source career paths and entry points.
In a May workshop, BCS says it will focus on programming for mobile devices and introduce attendees to the FLOSS culture and licensing models, along with programming for Android mobile devices with the MIT AppInventor.
NOTE: FLOSS is used here as in … free and open source software (FOSS) or free/libre open source software (FLOSS).
“Our aim is to encourage many more women to consider a career in IT and through these workshops we’re throwing the spotlight on the opportunities presented through open source in particular,” said Gillian Arnold, chair of BCSWomen.
“These workshops, which are just one element of the work that BCS does in setting the gold standard for diversity in the profession, will help women returners take their first steps either towards learning to code or updating their existing skills.”
BCSWomen explains that it works via an eGroup format that ‘lends itself’ well to international networking. Over five hundred women have already joined this group.