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Inspiring young women in IT

Mr Backup sponsors CuriosITy workshop Inspiring young women in schools to consider a career in IT

Mr Backup believes in developing the next generation to consider careers in IT.  With 30% of staff working at

 Mr Backup being female we are committed to providing equal opportunities for all.  Our recruitment strategy as always is to find the right candidate for our company culture.  Technical skills can and always will be taught on the job at Mr Backup.  We pride ourselves on developing people and the community to empower themselves. 

This month we are proud to announce for the second year running Mr Backup is sponsoring a table at Brescia House School’s Curiosity Workshop https://www.brescia.co.za/curiosity The aim of this event is to inspire young women to look at the opportunity in the IT market. 

ABOUT CURIOSITY INITIATIVE

In November 2015, Brescia House School in conjunction with Microsoft appointed four Grade 10 girls to represent the School and South Africa as part of the 200 world-wide Microsoft Student Ambassadors. The girls have attended virtual webinars during the year and were challenged, as part of the program, to run a project that will make a difference in the community.  The girls identified that traditionally girls do not choose IT as a career path, nor do many girls select IT as a matriculation subject at school. The Girls, along with their Teacher, Mrs. Lyneth Crighton, came up with an idea to host a special elegant dinner for girls, like themselves, who were interested in a career in IT.

On Wednesday 25th May, Brescia House School held it first CuriosITy Dinner the girls hosted one hundred and thirty Grade 11 girls presenting thirty-six schools from all over Gauteng, along with one hundred IT or CAT teachers and various professionals from the IT industry.  Participates enjoyed a wonderful three-course dinner and listened to talks by Lori Milner, author of the book “Own your space” and Amukelani Mombedzi from WeThinkCode. During the evening, the girls changed tables after each course to give them the maximum advantage for meeting professionals for the IT industry.

On Wednesday 17th May 2017, Brescia House School held its second CuriosITy Dinner; two hundred and one Grade 11 girls presenting forty-four schools from all over Gauteng, along with one hundred and thirty-six various professionals from the IT industry and IT or CAT teachers from the represented schools. 

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