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A new programme run by Tech for Life in Newcastle will help men learn about the barriers in the workplace and improve equality in the tech sector.

Following the success of a pilot programme for women focused on their digital career, Tech for Life (Campus North’s education arm) is expanding its 50:50 initiative to offer workshops for men to explore issues of equality in the workplace.

Expert speakers and mentors will explore issues like unconscious bias and imposter syndrome to raise awareness and understanding, as well as share experiences and what actions can be taken to improve opportunities for all in the digital sector.

Lyndsey Britton, Founder of Tech for Life, said, “Our initial programme was Leading Ladies for Life and focused on support for women to explore barriers and solutions to improve their skills, and confidence and progress in their careers.

We had a lot of positive feedback and also had comments from male colleagues wanting to be in the conversation, to support equality in the workplace and ensure organisations have a culture and opportunities that are genuinely open to all.

Equality is an issue for everyone and at the end of the day it results in better business outcomes. So, we’re delighted to have launched 50:50, our new programme to have those discussions with and offer support to both women and men.  Our first workshop for men is on Friday 23rd March and there a limited number of places still available. For more information visit techforlife.co.uk or email us on hello@techforlife.co.uk.”

Sarah Cox, Founder, Elemental Innovation who took part in the women’s programme said, “It’s a fantastic programme. It’s great to have the support to help you think strategically about your career development, a deep insight into the different skills needed to progress and an opportunity to think about barriers that might be holding you back.”

Emma Whitenstall, Head of Business Support at Generator, who also participated said, “The course has really pushed me to do things outside of my comfort zone and be a positive role model for my daughter, show her how far women can go and not be afraid to try the opportunities that are available.”

For more information visit http://www.techforlife.co.uk/tech-for/adults/

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