Local Tech Innovator Helps to Drive Greater Diversity and Inclusion

April 06, 2021 - 12:00am

Local Tech Innovator Helps to Drive Greater Diversity and Inclusion

Halton-based electronic and software engineering specialist, Like Technologies, has joined over 500 UK employers in publicly committing to driving measurable change in diversity and inclusion in tech, by becoming a signatory of the Tech Talent Charter.

The Tech Talent Charter (TTC) is a non-profit organisation leading a movement to address inequality in the UK tech sector and drive inclusion and diversity in a practical and uniquely measurable way.  The TTC's ultimate goal is that the UK tech sector becomes truly inclusive and a reflection of the society which it represents.  There are now over 500 UK employers of tech involved with the TTC and working together to drive change.

However, Like Technologies’ commitment to positive change doesn’t stop there. The company, which has helped to keep the country’s lights turned on and the wheels of industry turning throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, is working hard to encourage diversity and equality of opportunity in Lancashire.

Facing the challenge of a local electronics skills gap when recruiting staff, Like Technologies formed a consortium with five other companies to secure funding from the UK Government’s Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund, to provide technical top-up training.

The Tech Lancaster Electronic Skills Programme is the only industry-led course in the UK pilot for the national roll out of ‘skills boot-camps’, putting electronic skills firmly on the national agenda and increasing accessibility to skilled careers for underemployed groups. Tech Lancaster is promoting equality, championing inclusivity and actively working to diversify the electronics talent pipeline. The organisation has met or exceeded all sign-up targets for starters being female, BAME or having a disability or health condition.

Kate Houlden, Managing Director of Like Technologies, said:

“Like Technologies is proud to become a signatory of the Tech Talent Charter, furthering our commitment to real action in encouraging greater inclusivity and diversity. As one of the founding members of Tech Lancaster, an Electronics Skills Programme proactively increasing accessibility to careers in tech for under-represented groups, our core purpose and values align perfectly. We are looking forward to working with other organisations to address inequalities, encourage diverse talent and close the skills gap in our sector.”

Debbie Forster, CEO of Tech Talent Charter said:

“The importance of greater inclusion and diversity in tech is, thankfully, no longer up for debate. Sectors and organisations now need to work together to shift the dial – and this will happen a lot quicker if we pool our successes, failures, ideas and learn from them to bring about real structural change. In our inaugural report we stressed the importance of collaboration. One single company can’t do it alone, which is why we’re asking organisations to sign up to the Tech Talent Charter.”

Image: Kate Houlden, MD of Like Technologies