Thoughtworks (NASDAQ: TWKS), a global technology consultancy that integrates strategy, design and engineering to drive digital innovation, today announced a new scholarship offering for First Nations Peoples in partnership with General Assembly (GA), a pioneer in education and career transformation specializing in today’s most in-demand skills, and Indigitek, a not-for-profit organization that aims to increase the participation and success of Indigenous people in the tech industry. Two recipients will receive a full scholarship for GA’s extensive software development course along with an internship opportunity at Thoughtworks.
"Diversifying tech talent is core to General Assembly’s mission to empower more people to pursue work they love,” said John Fong, Vice President & COO (APAC), General Assembly.
“Thoughtworks alongside Indigitek are part of growing industry efforts to transition discussion of access into tangible impact for Indigenous Australians and other communities underrepresented in tech. We're honoured to work with them on this initiative and are eager to continue forging new pathways to higher-paying and more fulfilling careers."
The initiative aims to empower more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with opportunities in technology, as they make up 3.3% of the overall Australian demographic and an even smaller percentage of the industry. The scholarship will play a pivotal role in broadening horizons in learning and professional application for the Indigenous community, helping to overcome accessibility obstacles.
The Indigenous New Developer scholarship also aligns with Thoughtworks Australia’s long-standing vision to increase representation and bridge gaps for the First Nations community. In 2019, Thoughtworks launched a First Nations Delivery Centre, an Indigenous-led initiative consisting of a local fully-remote team staffed at least 50% by First Nations technologists. The company envisions building its First Nations Delivery Centre to a team of 100 within the five years to achieve over 3% representation for First Nations Peoples within the business.
“Our mission at Thoughtworks and the First Nations Delivery Centre is to create careers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. But it’s not enough for us to create job roles - we need to create new pathways into technology, too.” said Kathryn Gledhill-Tucker, First Nations Delivery Centre Lead, Thoughtworks Australia.
“Few of us go to university, and even fewer study computer science or software engineering degrees. That’s why supporting non-university pathways into tech careers is so important. Having a diverse team of developers in the room when we are building new technologies is fundamental to building ethical and responsible technology.”
For Thoughtworks graduate consultant, Michael Velsigne, undertaking GA’s Software Engineering Immersive course gave him the opportunity to change careers.
“I always wanted to work in tech but never really saw any role models growing up so it never seemed like a job I could do.
“Joining Indigitek and talking with the community of other Indigenous people who were already working in tech inspired me to apply for the scholarship. It has really opened up so many career possibilities that are only limited by my own imagination. The skills learned at GA were a key part of unlocking these growth paths for me.”
The scholarship is exclusively available to young adults 18 years and older from an Aborginal or Torres Strait Islander background. Applicants require only foundational digital capabilities and aspirations for learning in the field - no tertiary background is needed. Scholarship award decisions will be made by General Assembly and Indigitek after an interview process.
Applications are now open and can be submitted via General Assembly’s website.
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