By focusing on girls, Teen-Turn aims to influence course decision-making processes, inform participants on education and career options, and combat stereotypes by strategically changing how girls identify with technology career environments through work placements and after school activities.
As learning in the presence of female role models has been shown to impact girls’ self-image and confidence–encouraging them to see themselves in new ways and stimulate new interests–female company representatives mentor Teen-Turn participants, perpetuating interest and enthusiasm.
More girls exploring and gaining an interest in technology will lead to more women earning technology qualifications, thus meeting a demand for skills that is currently outpacing supply. A technology economy is unsustainable, otherwise.
Teen-Turn provides a unique opportunity for education and industry organizations to work together to inspire and engage.
Teen-Turn aims to provide teen girls the opportunity to gain hands-on technology experience through after school activities and through 2 week summer work placements* in technology career environments with companies, both SME and Multinational, so that they can visualize themselves in those kinds of careers and therefore make third level course choices accordingly.
- Teen-Turn will be working with DEIS and similar schools to identify participants with academic promise, ages 15-16,** who will benefit from the opportunity but are from traditionally disadvantaged communities where third level education is uncommon.
- Teen-Turn will provide vetted participants and make certain that activities and work placements are compliant with all requirements of the Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Act 1996.
- Teen-Turn will provide an induction for participants prior to work placements to assess skills, explain rules and behavior expectations, and advise on what training/direction the company is likely to provide.
- Teen-Turn will share employment act compliance, induction, and impact metrics materials with hosting companies.
- Hosting companies will match each participant, ideally, with a female mentor, who is employed with the company, and the work will include participating in and/or observing a technology project.
- Hosting companies will cover participant travel and lunch costs, so that no participant is paying out of pocket for the experience.***
* Dates: (1) Induction last week of July 2018; (2) Internships first two weeks of August 2018.
** Age: Targeted participants will be in the summer after Junior Cert, before choosing Leaving Cert subjects.
*** Teen-Turn is in discussion with a taxi provider for locations inaccessible by public transport.
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