The President of techUK, Jacqueline de Rojas, will be celebrating with the most recent graduates of an innovative new North East training programme on Monday(12 February).

Tech for Life, Campus North’s education arm, has developed Leading Ladies for Life for women in the digital sector who want to improve skills and confidence, and progress or become a leader in their organisation.

This is the second time Tech for Life have run the programme, which has attracted women from a range of organisations including Proctor & Gamble, DWP and Newcastle City Council.

Jacqueline de Rojas, previously on the board at Sage, who was voted the most influential woman in UK IT and recently awarded a CBE, is giving her support to the most recent graduates, and will be a guest at the final celebration next week, talking about her own experiences.

Jacqueline said, “I am delighted to be able to come to Newcastle and share experiences as well as celebrate our successes. Every time we create the space for women to come together to regain confidence, build a network and ignite ambition, amazing things happen. I am entirely inspired by the opportunities Tech for Life is creating and am excited to be a part of it.”

Lyndsey Britton, Campus North and Tech for Life co-founder said, “We are delighted to have Jacqueline de Rojas joining us for the next graduation celebration; as an inspirational speaker and role model for women in IT, it will be an unmissable opportunity for women in the North East.

We know there is a real issue with women not progressing in the digital sector for a number of reasons and we’ve developed this programme in conjunction with a range of our experts to help address the barriers.

We have been overwhelmed with positive feedback and the changes it’s already helped the ladies who took part make back in their workplace.  We are now looking to develop this type of support further, for both women and men in the digital sector.”

Sarah Cox, Founder, Elemental Innovation who took part in the 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, 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/