Ladies learning code teaches technological skills to women in Canada
With the permeation of technology into every aspect of modern living, the job market too, has become partial to hiring employees who display basic technical skills. From word processing to other, more complex aspects of coding, the need for skilled, tech-savvy employees is greater than those with outdated skill sets. The learning process itself however, can get heavy on the pocket, which is why Toronto-based Ladies Learning Code, a not-for-profit organization, was set up in order to bridge the gap between learning and financial disability. While it is known to host events and training sessions only for women, some recent sessions have permitted male participants to benefit from this cost-effective education system.
Learning code in a manner, which is “collaborative” and “social” is the objective of Ladies Learning Code. The organization signed a lease in August 2012 and moved into its first workshop space, located on the fifth floor of the Center for Social Innovation in Toronto. The space boasts of seating arrangements for up to 40 people and has a projector, Wi-fi access, a PA system, and a kitchenette for refreshments. Smaller workshops are held here for both adult women as well as the younger section of female participants, called “Girls Learning Code”. The space is also rented out to other groups in order to bring in some income for the organization and ensure sustainability.
The organization boasts of a large number of supporters whose jobs range from web designers, project managers, business developers, digital strategists, community managers, and others with a host of relevant skills. The supporters lend both time and expertise to interactive workshops, which teach groups of women, and some men, about the very basics of technology. Workshop strength is usually between 25-50 participants, each of whom are allowed the opportunity to ask questions, clear misconceptions and even receive counseling on what type of code or program they should focus their energy on.
Currently running regular workshops for adult and younger women from Calgary, Halifax, Toronto, Ottawa, and Edmonton, Ladies Learning Code is encouraging Canadian women to become tech-savvy and improve their future prospects in the job market. With workshops being conducted free of charge, or at a minimum cost of $30 [Canadian] per hour, the doors have opened for those who wish to upgrade their skill sets and go with the flow of technological advancement. It is predicted that the movement will soon extend its reach to include America, thereby facilitating additional bright, technologically-charged minds.