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To show Brookes' commitment to growing a more diverse tech workforce, IT Services have signed up to the pledges of the Tech Talent Charter (TTC), and have formed Oxford Brookes' own Women In Technology (WIT) network.
At a launch event hosted by the University of Oxford IT team, TTC’s chief executive officer Debbie Forster MBE, led a panel discussion focusing on practical plans to deliver a tech workforce that better reflects the diversity of the population. The panel included both chief information officers and human resources experts. They described how they are adopting recruitment and flexible working practices, as well as offering suggestions for development to the female colleagues in the audience.
Recent statistics announced by Tech Talent Charter have revealed that only 17% of the UK tech workforce is female and that the UK needs one million more tech workers by 2020.
“Our IT team at Oxford Brookes University has signed up to the pledges of the Tech Talent Charter because we are committed to attracting, retaining and investing in the development of female colleagues. The charter’s focus on HR policies that support the recruitment of a diverse workforce, as well as the growing network of organisations signing up, make it an extremely appealing addition to our talent management strategy,” said Brookes’ CIO Seamus Shaw.