As part of the RAFs centenary celebrations at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2018, the Royal Air Force signed up to The Tech She Can Charter. The Charter is a commitment to act together to increase the number of females taking up technology roles in the UK.
Four lucky cadets were selected to join AOC 38 Gp, Air Vice Marshall Sue Gray and the RAF Air Cadets Ambassador Honorary Group Captain Carol Vorderman at the PwC Chalet over the Air Show weekend.
The RAF Air Cadets is one of the largest providers of STEM activities for young people aged 12-17 across the UK. Drawing on the experiences of its current Cadet Forces Adult Volunteers and serving personnel from the RAF the organisation offers unique insights into careers in science, technology, engineering and maths both in and outside of the UK Armed Forces.
With only 19% of the UK technology workforce being female, PwC have revealed that the pipeline of women looking to pursue a career in technology is incredibly low; only 27% of female A-level and university students say they would consider a career in technology.
Group Captain Carol Vorderman, Honorary Ambassador for the RAF Air Cadets drew upon her own experiences and barriers she faced when looking to pursue a career in and her passion for flying and said: “Being one of three women at the helm of this incredible organisation, it is our duty to tell young women in the RAF Air Cadets and the world over that a successful career in technology is possible.
“It is our job to commemorate and celebrate those women in technology and inspire the next generation to go on to do even greater things”.
PwC women in tech leader and Tech She Can founder, Sheridan Ash said: “It is great to have the backing of RAF and all our new signatories.
“The diversity of the Tech She Can signatories shows just how much of a significant issue the lack of diversity in technology is, and how exciting, varied and important technology roles are. We now just need to ensure that young women hear this message loud and clear”.
More information about Tech She Can can be found here: https://www.pwc.co.uk/who-we-are/women-in-technology/tech-she-can-charter.html