Women in tech upskill via Brent Works

8 March 2021

The tech industry is emerging stronger than ever following the COVID-19 pandemic and Brent is well-placed for job seekers to profit. Women have been under-represented in jobs in tech but this is starting to change.

As a borough that sits close to the TV Triangle – the media tech cluster in West London – tech enthusiasts in Brent are within easy commutable distance of the booming industry. 

Brent Works placed 30 tech job seekers with the Wembley-based firm, Hyperoptic, in 2019, and 18 with the company, Community Fibre, which also has its home in Wembley.

During National Apprenticeship Week last month, a Brent Works webinar on the tech sector caught the interest of Mossamma Begum and Collene White. The two women are now following a Career Camp tech programme aiming to upskill Brent residents into employment. 

Mossamma, aged 21-years old and from Cricklewood, has ambitions to work in animation.

“I see myself right now building a foundation of knowledge and skills with the help of workshops, apprenticeships, work experience from Brent Council and online communities via Discord, Twitch and YouTube,” Mossamma said. “My main goal is getting myself equipped with the right skills and work experience for being a digital media content creator, UI designer or web developer.”

Collene White, aged 33 from Kensal Rise, has worked in several jobs, including as a sales assistant and a receptionist, before turning her attention towards a job in tech.  “I make YouTube videos and I’m active on Facebook and Instagram,” she said. “I would love to be a part of an innovative team that brings ideas and businesses to life, such as Brent`s Tech Camps and their project to reduce climate change and provide more jobs in tech.”

Call to Action

If you are interested in learning more about digital, creative and media technology careers, and exploring career opportunities within Openreach and BT and other leading tech employers, please contact:

Career Camp Community Manager, Charlie Digpal: Charlie@CareerCamp.org.uk

 

 

Collene White

Mossamma Begum