Coursera’s industry findings discussed at a webinar co-hosted by Huawei and Reuters Events revealed that 6% more women are enrolled in tech courses this year than in 2021.
The event highlighted the importance of bridging the digital divide, recognizing that it means helping young people access STEM training and education opportunities.
Information from Coursera revealed that women make up 29% of tech course enrollment in 2022, up from 23% in 2021.
Additionally, the results indicate that women are more likely than men to enroll in courses led by female instructors, 1.7 times more likely to enroll in a resilience course, 1.3 times who are more likely to take human-computer interaction courses and 1.4 times more likely to take. user experience courses.
‘Addressing the Gender Gap: Inspiring Women in ICT’ held on May 12, with executives in attendance saying the number of women in tech and leadership roles has increased, but the industry has yet to see a huge increase in female representation where percentage is concerned. , due to the rapid growth of these jobs.
They also acknowledged that while the industry is implementing many initiatives aimed at being more gender inclusive, the general labor market is ignoring the value and need for equal pay or an equal worker.
Leah Belsky, General Manager of Coursera, moderated the webinar.
“COVID-19 is a huge setback for women. It will take 125 years to close the gender gap,” Belsky said.
“38% of women in tech plan to quit their jobs in the next two years, and 50% will do so by age 35.
“It represents a huge financial and creative loss for businesses, for industry, but also for families and communities.”
Other findings from Coursera revealed that the top five countries in registration are Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and the United States.
Additionally, some of the top courses enrolled by women are computer programming with 8.5 million, data analysis and machine learning, both with 7.4 million.
Founded in 2011 and based in the United States, Women Who Code is a non-profit organization with 290,000 members worldwide.
The organization has set up scholarships to help inspire more women and intends to launch a Spanish Coding Scholarship.
CEO and co-founder Alaina Percival said businesses, industry, and government should continue to create inclusive workplaces and think about how designing workplaces in this way will maximize those. roles of women across the board.
Percival also said it is very important to continue efforts to teach young people the skills they need to succeed as technology continues to evolve, as well as developing processes for women to be included in the technology sector. .
“One of the main things we’ve learned is that radical transformation is possible and possible for all of us. Integration isn’t by desire, it’s by design,” Percival said.
Huawei’s senior vice president of public affairs, Afke Schaart, stressed the urgency of the issue, citing UNESCO figures showing that 75% of jobs are expected to be STEM-related by 2050.
Companies like Huawei are providing greater opportunities in this area by collaborating with a range of organizations around the world on various projects to provide digital skills training to young people interested in ICT.
Schaart said Huawei has launched several initiatives around the world to nurture young talent in the digital sector, such as Seeds for the Future, ICT Academy and the Global ICT Contest.
“We see ourselves playing an important role in enabling and inspiring more women to join the tech sector, as we are an important digitalisation partner in this region,” she said.
“The good thing is we are focused on initiatives, some of which have been around for a long time.
“We launched the Seeds for the Future program in 2008 and it continues to grow.”
Isabelle Mauro, director of information for the communications and technology industries at the World Economic Forum, said that women are still not represented in “future jobs”, noting that most of the jobs shape our lives the future is in the digital sector. .
Mauro also said women make up only about 14% of the cloud computing workforce, 20% in engineering, and slightly more than that in data and AI.
“We are [are] still very far from reaching the least common place, ”Mauro said.
Mauro added that in the midst of a significant digital change in various sectors, now is the time to give the younger generation digital skills for any job.
“As the world becomes digital, now more than ever, we really need all aspects of the economy, all sectors of government, to come together to really make sure that no one is left behind, especially women and [girls]Mauro added.
Recent findings also show that the global talent shortage is currently at 38%, with the ten most difficult jobs to be filled in the STEM sector.
There is also a shortage of 200 million people worldwide of workers with ICT skills, which means the industry needs talented people who will bring in new ideas that will drive new growth.