Special call outs and some helpful language

Sign Language

This week there’s a couple of special call outs for 2 great civic-minded groups who are looking for some flexible tech support which we believe may suit some of our members. Next week we’ll be announcing our Data Science Conference and recruitment fair .. we are just finalising details for the booking currently!

Bristol Women in Business Charter

Bristol Women in Business charter

At the beginning of the year, Izzy handed her notice in, after more than 2 years of very valuable contribution to the team and the Charter, so we are looking for a new member of the CIC team with marketing experience to help us promote the Charter. It’s only 12 hours a month but a great cause and team to be involved with, check it out here.

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Fancy meeting live again?

Elbow embrace

EGM summary

We had a great meetup this week to discuss where we are going with the group and what people were interested in. The summary is (which we will try and implement):

Going Live

Most people want to meet up live again. We have had an initial discussion with the great Desklodge house and they were keen so we will follow up with this. There will be rules about limiting numbers and people having lateral flow tests to be safe but we believe that it will be good to get back to meeting up. Hopefully, this will be from February based on a discussion with the Desklodge team.

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Lets get ready for 2022

2022 year of the Tiger

It turns out its also the year of the water tiger (starting February – Chinese new year), which apparently comes with the characteristic of “Has a strong sense of self-esteem and learning ability” which we think is a very good sign for those wanting to skill up and get their careers on track! So on that note…

We have some cunning plans

Data Science Event

Data Science Event

We started planning on this last year but have moved it to this year and can announce are provisionally planning on running this at the end of March 2022 aimed at people wishing to get into data science or simply interested in the domain. It will be a conference light event t presenting what Data Science is in conjunction with UWE data science MSc and other careers support. Any companies wishing to be involved then feel free to reach out as we shall be running a recruitment event as part of the day. It is a Hybrid event so anyone not able to make it in person has the opportunity to attend from home.

Extraordinary General Meeting

As we’re hopefully getting to the end of this and considering going back to real life events we have decided to ask all interested in coming to the meetups to join us for a discussion on what everyone would like moving forward.

We have the possibility of going back live to Desklodge, we are currently in discussions with them on the layout and format moving forward as it’s likely to be with restricted numbers to start with.

Therefore we’d like to ask the following questions:
1) Do people want to go back to live meetups
2) Do we want to run some hybrid events
3) With Hybrid do we want these to continue indefinitely to include people from further afield
4) Do we want to start later – so 6.30/7 as people are working from home and may need to travel in
5) What subjects do people want to cover
6) What you’ve enjoyed in the past and may want repeated
7) Does anyone want to be more active and host their own workshops
8) If you are a company would you want to sponsor occasional meetups to also advertise your roles

.. and anything else that comes up

We can run through the list and go through the attendees for their thoughts.
We will return regardless 2 weeks later. We simply want you to all have your say on what you want from the group.

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Whats the problem with …

Woman being interviewed

Recruitment?

We’ve been having talks with women working in tech over the years and discussing the issues they face, we’ve decided that its worth having a wider conversation to help people have awareness of some of them. To start off we are tackling the Recruitment process both internal recruitment processes and external recruitment companies appear to have or are blockers for our women. We were really first made aware of this at our tech3shed recruitment fair where we were talking to the managers/CTO’s/CEO’s who attended and were bemused by how astonished they were by the number of high-quality female candidates they were seeing. Apparently they were not seeing them at all when they were recruiting, and when we spoke to the women it wasn’t like they hadn’t been applying. So the question for you all is – what’s actually blocking them? ……. We don’t have all the answers but check out this piece to start off your thinking on the interview process for those that do get that far.

Women Tech Founders

Holiday slippers on beach

… have run off on holiday but assured us that they will be back in September. As with everything we are still available for 121’s if you send us a message on info@wthub.org, we can arrange a call or zoom.

Jobs

Robot searching for a job

We have new Jobs coming in every week for those of you looking check out our Jobs Board. For Companies looking for diverse candidates then please also check out our candidates page as we also have new members on there every week.

Check out this one for example – its supports remote working, is a charity and is bending over backwards to create an inclusive team. They are also upskilling in house to keep their employees careers moving, if we had a checklist for suitable companies they would have passed – solutions-developer.

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