WWCode & VMware’s Initiative to Retrain 15,000 Women for Technical Jobs in India
The Program, VMinclusion Taara, Will Empower People Who Have Left Tech Jobs with Training to Allow Them to Rejoin the Industry, Women Have Begun Registering, and Leading Corporations in India Have Pledged Support for the Initiative.
SAN FRANCISCO - 7 Feb 2019 — Women Who Code (WWCode), the world’s largest and most active community dedicated to inspiring women to succeed in tech, has partnered with VMware, Inc., a leading innovator in enterprise software. VMinclusion Taara is a joint initiative to train and upskill 15,000 people 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.
The program is one of WWCode’s biggest reskilling and back-to-work initiatives, VMinclusion Taara, began accepting applicants on December 1st, 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
Women Who Code CEO and Board Chair, Alaina Percival said, “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 re-entry 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 and General Manager, Asia Pacific and Japan said, “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 rebalance 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 has been phenomenal. It goes to show that all they need is a helping hand to restart their careers. We are also extremely encouraged by the response from leading organizations that have come forward to support VMinclusion Taara. Together, we can make a tremendous difference to workforce diversity in India and drive innovation and excellence.”
About Women Who Code
Women Who Code (WWCode) is an international nonprofit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. WWCode is building a world where women are proportionally representative as technical leaders, executives, founders, VCs, board members and software engineers. The organization has executed more than 8,000 free events around the world, garnered a membership exceeding 167,000, and has a presence in 20 countries. Help empower even more women to advance in tech with the training and community they need to succeed by supporting WWCode. Learn more at womenwhocode.com.