The REA Group is looking to “pave the way” for women in tech, expressing its intention to genuinely shift the dial on gender representation in its workforce.
It’s revealed it will be expanding its tech career pathway program for women, “Springboard to Tech”, opening up eight spots in the 12-month program for 2022, which offers formal on the job training, mentoring and coaching lead to an offer of ongoing full-time placement within the organisation at the completion of the program.
According to the group’s chief technology officer, Chris Venter, REA has “an obligation to find new and innovative ways to bring talent into the tech workforce”.
He argued that Australia needs to prioritise building a workforce that helps plug the digital skills gap and meets the requirements of a modern digital economy.
Since its inception, Mr Venter said, “this program has genuinely shifted the dial on gender representation in REA’s tech workforce, with 20 per cent female representation in 2017 to almost 30 per cent now”.
“We absolutely want to get to 50 per cent women in tech at REA.”
So far, the CTO said the program had supported women returning to the sector, women who have completed a short course and those who are completely fresh to tech.
Recently the group joined the Tech Council of Australia, expressing its support of the goal for the sector to create one million tech jobs by 2025 and have technology contributing $250 billion to the economy by 2030.