A Growing Industry
The technology sector is a important part of B.C.’s economy. It is a growing sector, with increasing employment opportunities. The supply of trained professionals in this industry has not kept up with demand, and many organizations are feeling the “skills gap”, when it comes to hiring and retaining talent. Average earnings in the tech sector are rising and are also far higher than the overall B.C. average (BCStats). It is an exciting and rewarding industry to be a part of.
A Shortage of Women in Tech
Unfortunately, statistics also show that there is a strong gender imbalance in this industry. Statistics Canada reports that the number of women in fields of study related to IT, especially computer science, is declining. Women are less likely than men to choose a program in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM). Reports also show that women who begin their careers in technology are also much more likely than men to exit the industry within their first few years. According to a 2014 study, women in IT roles are 45% more likely than men to leave in their first year.
How VanWIT Helps
VanWIT provides support to women pursuing careers in the technology sector. Founded in 2016, VanWIT is led by a group of professional women with a passion for helping other women grow and advance.
- We create mentorship, networking and educational opportunities to help women thrive in Vancouver’s technology community.
- We help women in all stages of their career – students, up-and-comers and seasoned professionals through quarterly events that connect, inspire and educate.
- We provide a supportive, motivational environment that fosters leadership, growth and collaboration. We welcome people of all genders who share our mission, to join us.