The Women Engineers Program launched by TalentSprint and supported by Google will nurture 600 women software engineers from India over the coming three years.
Under the initiative, young and talented college students from varied socio-economic backgrounds will be identified via a detailed selection process. They will then be groomed through a rigorous multi-step training program, supported by 100 percent scholarships and annual stipends of Rs. 1 lakh each.
The program includes summer coding boot camps, live online classes, ongoing mentorship, certification, and team-based projects to enhance problem-solving and computational thinking. Further, it will be offered as a one-year experiential program for women college students entering their third and fourth years.
With this initiative, TalentSprint looks to address the gender imbalance in technology and wants to induce the balance by grooming promising talent among women engineering students to advance and contribute to the field. Prioritizing inclusion, the program is specifically designed to support talented women engineers from underprivileged and disadvantaged backgrounds.
This is not the first time TalentSprint has come up with such initiative. In the past, it has introduced Women in Software Engineering (WISE), an innovative diversity program that produced many promising women engineers, selected from second-tier colleges, who are now sought after by global technology firms, the firm claims.
As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, despite, the participation of women engineers in the technology sector globally stands only at 26 percent, thus, making it absolutely critical to introduce initiatives that will help increase the participation of women.
Anand Rangarajan, Engineering Director at Google India said, “The inclusion of women at every stage of the process to create universally relevant technology products is critical.”
Such programs do help in creating a large pool of promising women engineers and empowering them to harness their skills further and contribute to the industry. However, these initiatives are not enough. Increasing women participation in the technology sector also requires a huge shift in mindsets. Women themselves need to believe in themselves and their capabilities.
As Dr. Santanu Paul, Co-founder and CEO at TalentSprint shared, “The history of computing is replete with evidence that women bring a unique sensibility and refinement to the craft of software programming.”
It is important that each and every member of the technology sector acknowledges the role women talent can play and unleash their capability to add value to the industry. With a shift in mindsets and initiatives to empower women talent in the sector, a whole new breed of talented software engineers can be created beyond gender and socio-economic diversity.