Sandton-based training academy Geeks4Learning is stepping up efforts to lure female techies into the IT sector, offering fully-sponsored learnerships.

The ICT learnerships are aligned with industry standards, says Marike Fourie, Geeks4Learning operations manager, adding the programme equips female techies with relevant skills, giving them a fair chance to compete in the market.

The academy is also guaranteeing employment within the ICT sector upon successful completion of the training.

During an interview with ITWeb to commemorate Women’s Month, Fourie said SA needs to create a genderless ICT sector, so Geeks4Learning is taking steps to help foster such an environment.

“I believe more can be done to encourage young females to pursue a career in ICT, especially on grassroots level. There are various initiatives undertaken to increase ICT awareness and create interest for the ICT field among the youth; however, I believe more can be done and we all have a part to play in doing so.

“Geeks4Learning offers fully-sponsored ICT learnerships that are aligned to industry standards, which fully equip female techies in terms of the skills required by the industry and we guarantee employment within the ICT sector after they have successfully completed the learnership. We encourage more and more females to join our ICT learnerships so that we help them achieve their dream careers as techies.”

Fourie wishes for greater awareness of a “genderless” ICT sector, calling for further action to on-board more female talent in the sector.

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