Where did all the engineers go?

Female Electronics Engineer

UK Electronics Skills Foundation

We love the UKESF and all the great work it does to encourage engineering as a career choice, including its efforts to reach out to girls and women so thought we would share their latest schools project and promotional video. (We would suggest turning off the sound for the video – that may just be personal taste though).

For those that haven’t heard of the UKESF….

In the UK, the Electronics sector is big, valuable and growing; however, the demand for capable, employable graduates is currently outstripping supply. We are an educational charity, launched in 2010, with both public and private seed-corn funding. We operate collaboratively with major companies, leading universities and other organisations to tackle the skills shortage in the Electronics sector.

Make a real difference: help promote Electronics in schools by supporting our “Electronics Everywhere” project – click HERE to find out how.

Explore the UK Electronics industry with the UKESF Infographic.

We also spotted this great piece on Emily on the BBC – thanks Kathryn for highlighting it!

Emily Smithson, from Bristol, said the importance of playgrounds for children and parents had been underlined during the Covid-19 pandemic. She said she was frustrated no list of local play sites existed. Ms Smithson, 42, spent two years learning programming skills to design the free interactive app and game, which features play areas in her city. Playgrounds across England closed in March as part of the first wave of restrictions imposed to tackle the spread of the coronavirus in March.

You can get the app on Google or Apple

Manic Monday & next Workshop Wednesday

Catch up chat – whats on, careers support and whatever you want to make of it really – join us here whenever you have a break in your busy schedule

The next Workshop Wednesday is now live and is on October the 7th – sign up on the meetup here. We’ll give more details on our 2 speakers and on the workshops running when they have finalised them.

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We’re off to Leeds again (literally)

Leeds Signpost

Its Leeds Digital Festival 2020

Leeds Digital Festival Logo

We’re back! Join us from the 21st of September for two weeks of world-class events celebrating all things digital. We have a record-breaking 294 events so there’s something for everyone. See you there! We’ve put links to the events on our events page but they seem to cover everything Cyber, Careers, Podcasts, Design, Content, AI, Cloud Vue.js, Apps, UX, Social Media, Data, Ethics, Data Science, Safety, Agile .. blah blah blah – theres absolutely everything – even a tiny bit of engineering!

Manic Monday

Manic Monday

Catch up chat – whats on, careers suport and whatever you want to make of it really – join us here whenever you have a break in your busy schedule

CodeHub Mentoring group kicks off on tuesday as a reminder for those of you that are signed up!. Check out the codehub Slack for details. We’re tempted to call it

Workshop Wednesday

This will be a quiet one – but just to give you all a heads up we have talks coming up on AI and Ethics, testing, containers and lots more..

PyLAB logo
Practising is cool

This week will be a discussion piece on setting up the New Python learning group – the details are on their webpage here.

WebDev 101 will be back at the following meetup and is being reorganised so it may be a drop in to discuss web development problems as well as looking at the latest, greatest web development going on in the industry. Bear with us while we set that one up.

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Money Money Money

Woman with handful of money

Sorry – couldn’t resist the link …

But its actually not an ABBA revival (much as we would love one) but actually about a LOT of funding opportunities coming through – so first off:

The Digital Innovation Fund is now live: UWE Bristol announces a second round for its £1m Covid-19 Recovery Fund

Following on from a successful first round, UWE Bristol has launched the second round of funding for its Digital Innovation Fund, a £1m Covid-19 recovery fund open to SMEs in the West of England. 

The programme is supporting Research and Development projects in a range of industries and will be creating more innovation opportunities with this second round.  The scheme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), offers eligible businesses innovation grants from £10,000 to £40,000 to fund 35% of project costs.

Grants are open to businesses in any sector that want to innovate and address new challenges that have arisen from Covid-19. Applicants must be small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and based in Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire. Deadlines for applications: 10 November 2020. Apply now:  www.digitalinnovationfund.co.uk 

And some more funding from Rosa

Covid-19: Current Funding Opportunities

Existing inequalities mean that coronavirus is having a disproportionate impact on women – especially women who experience discriminations that intersect race, gender, class, ability, and migration status. We know this means women’s organisations in the UK are under enormous pressure to support their communities, while also dealing with their own internal challenges.

Manic Mondays

Manic Monday

Back every Monday (except holidays) we will have a zoom catch up – if any members want to meet up with one another to call in from a local cafe/bar then we think that will be a nice way to start small gatherings. We have a general intro – then run through some of the upcoming events and conferences that we think may be of interest to the group. Followed by anyone wanting to mention their projects or things of note and a general catch up. If anyone wants to have a further chat then we will put together a couple of breakout rooms where we can have one to ones while the main group can carry on the social if they like. Join us on our meetup page here.

Each for Equal in Systems Engineering

We’re speaking at this one on friday so thought its worth a mention and would love to get more men involved in the converstation to help them make informed decisions when gender comes up in the conversation.

Our first equality and diversity event, that was planned for March this year to celebrate International Women’s Day, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are delighted to go ahead and host it as a virtual event this autumn, bringing it to an even wider audience across the country. The theme of the event (and the 2020 IWD campaign), #EachForEqual, is adopted for both female and male systems engineers in mind and we’re planning to explore steps we can take to create a culture of equality in which everyone can advance and thrive.

From the business perspective, equality can be a great performance accelerator as a more inclusive and diverse range of participants is likely to achieve higher levels of innovation, and greater levels of risk reduction in projects and programmes through greater diversity of thinking and experiences.

Inspirational speakers will share their experiences

Expect a lively and interactive virtual event with inspirational speakers, panel discussions with live Q&A, great insights and the opportunity to network with other fellow professionals across different sectors. You will also have the opportunity to stay online for some informal, post-event networking.

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Back to School/work/learning?

re-engage

We’re back with some new offerings so check out everything thats on this week and moving forward. Looking forward to catching up with you all!

Manic Mondays

Manic Monday

Is kicking off this week – every Monday we will have a zoom catch up – if any members want to meet up with one another to call in from a local cafe/bar then we think that will be a nice way to start small gatherings. The purpose is to replace the Free Three Fridays and fit it to work better with the new virtual norm. We will replicate the ’round table’ from F3F with an intro to everyone on the call and letting everyone know what they do and/or are looking to work in. Then we will run through some of teh upcoming events and conferences that we think may be of interest to the group. Followed by anyone wanting to mention their projects or things of note and a general catch up. If anyone wants to have a further chat then we will put together a couple of breakout rooms where we can have one to ones while the main group can carry on the social if they like.

Join up on our meetup page here.

Workshop Wednesday

Workshop Wednesdays

Currently, this is mainly supporting the python beginners as the Bristol Data Science and Machine learning group are taking a break while they consider the best format moving forward. We are still waiting to hear from Donna on the software testing and Rob on the WebDev101.

For Python Beginners: We will be finishing off lesson 6 next Wednesday and then there is just a very short lesson 7 to go;  the end is in sight so keep up the good work!

We’ll be online for the full schedule so happy to have a catch up with anyone wanting to do a talk etc – signup here.

CodeHub Mentoring Scheme last call…

If you would like to participate, please complete the on-line forms by Monday, 7th September.

What is the purpose of the scheme? The scheme enables a person with less experience in a given field (mentee) to ‘tap into’ a helpful voice, so that their ambitions can be realised with more direction and more quickly than otherwise. At the same time, the mentor also gains from the experience as it provides a perfect environment to develop and practise listening and coaching skills – an opportunity that does not always exist in the workplace.

Those who are interested in participating, either as mentors or as mentees, fill out the relevant application form (links above) by Monday, 7th September.

  • 22 Sept: Kick-off meeting – previously this was in person, but we are expecting that it will take place remotely this year. The meeting is an opportunity for everyone to introduce themselves and ask questions. We ask everyone to attend this meeting if at all possible
  • 22-30 Sept: We (ie CodeHub organisers) pair up the mentors and mentees, based on the information in the application forms. For example, for those looking for technical support we will pair them up with someone with experience in that topic. We will also take into account any stated constraints on availability from either party.
  • 30 Sept: Mentors and mentees are notified of their pairings and invited to liaise with each other to arrange the first meeting.
  • Start Oct: First one-to-one meetings are held: this is a key meeting as it sets the scene for the rest of the mentorship period and should result in a defined set of goals as well as agreement on how you will operate, eg frequency & timing of meetings, methods of communication etc. You will be provided with further guidance on the topics to cover during the meeting nearer the time.
  • Oct – Feb: A regular cadence of meetings – typically 1-2 hours every 2 weeks, but it can be whatever suits individual circumstances. Normally, the scheme runs for around 3 months and can run into 2021 if that works for both parties – particularly if you take a decent break over Xmas. Feb: Feedback so we can take on board your comments and make adjustments for future sessions. Draft guidelines for those participating can be found here: mentoring_guidelines

If you have any questions, please contact mentoring@codehub.org.uk or via the CodeHub #mentoring Slack channel (https://codehubbs.slack.com)

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A new (not another) Manic Monday!

Manic Monday

Manic Mondays

As it seems we will be waiting a while before getting back to face to face meetings we have obviously pivoted to being online with Workshop Wednesdays which has just had a break but is coming back next week on the 9th (see below).

The Bangles

The Free Three Fridays (F3F) don’t work so well in the current climate, especially given the fact that many of our members are juggling children whilst trying to commit in the daytime

We thought that for the sanity of us all we could move this to a monday evening from 7pm – hopefully any young trouble makers may have someone available to look after them by then ot be glued to some electronics of some type. We are also assuming some of you may just need a grown up chat after the weekend too. For the non manic momdays lot then we suspect your hair may also have an 80’s stylying after spending the weekend getting close to nature or cider so may be tempted by a weekly catchup to make you feel human again.

The Format for these meetings will be similar to the coffee break time from the F3F’s. We will go around the group and introduce ourselves. Then we will talk through all the stuff that we are aware of that is going on that may be of interest and share any things that we’ve missed and other members may want to mention – if its live you may want to join resources to attend. We will also discuss if any of you want to have a one-to-one catch up if you are job hunting or wanting some support in a more private setting…

Join up on our meetup page here.

Workshop Wednesday is Back

We’re BACK on the 9th of September for the Autumn term. We will be remaining online for this term and will wait until we are sure all is safe before we venture back outside. Currently, we are assuming that CodeHub’s WebDev101, the Bristol Data Science and Machine Learning, Software Testing, and the final couple of Python Beginners lessons will be back. We will confirm this Wednesday when we have checked to see that they are all still available somewhere. We will also follow up and see what talks we can provide for you all – you can mail us on info@wthub.org

Bristol Girl Geek Dinners

.. is also under discussion and will be back. Companies wishing to host remote talks please get in touch with us on info@wthub.org.

Skills Framework For the Information Age (SIFA)

We were having a chat last week with a great company about supporting diversity and discussing how you get fairness into your ongoing internal review process, during the discussion they mentioned they were using a framwork which has been adopted by the BCS so we took a look. It is actually a global initiative run by a not for profit which is also available free for personal users to track their careers, which is no bad thing we thought.

SFIA describes the skills and competencies required by professionals in roles involved in information and communication technologies, digital transformation and software engineering.

SFIA

It’s a great resource for both personal and company use – especially if you are a growing company to use to help you support your employees fairly as you grow. We also discussed how a behavioural assessment is also of importance to companies as company culture is key to driving both retention and engagement.

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