Women Who Code and VMware take initiative to train 15,000 women in India for technical jobs
Women Who Code has entered into a new partnership with VMware for VMinclusion Taara, a joint initiative to train and upskill 15,000 people women in India who have left the industry and help them return to work.
The program is off to a great start with program registrants and support from leading corporations such as Airtel, Dimension Data, Cognizant, and Dell.
VMinclusion Taara is one of Women Who Code’s biggest reskilling and back-to-work initiatives. VMinclusion Taara began accepting applicants on December 1, 2018 at www.vmware.com/taara. It consists of free training and certification on advanced digital transformation solutions, including foundation-level training courses on digital business transformation, professional-level training courses on virtualization software for multi-cloud and hybrid cloud platforms and infrastructure and advanced tracks on data center virtualization, cloud management and automation, network virtualization, and digital workspace technologies.
Alaina Percival, CEO & Board Chair, Women Who Code, says, “While the number of women enrolling in STEM education and STEM professions is on the rise in India, an estimated 45% of women in India working in tech will quit the industry after 8 years. That is right when they would otherwise start being most profitable for their companies. There are a variety of reasons for this, but with VMinclusion Taara we are working to create a path of reentry for women who wish to return to the workforce, by empowering them with free training so they can get up to speed with the skills needed to be effective in the ever-evolving tech industry.”
Duncan Hewett, VMware Senior Vice-President & General Manager, Asia-Pacific and Japan, says, “As leaders in the technology space, we consider it our responsibility to drive diversity and inclusion in the sector as well as within our walls. VMinclusion Taara is our effort to re-balance the workforce by helping women on a career break come back to work. Since the day we went live with the program, the response from women wanting to sign up for our courses have been phenomenal. It goes to show that all they need is a helping hand to restart their careers."