Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, has announced an initiative to encourage more women into IT.
A £750,000 pilot project operated by Coventry University will aim to support and encourage women to return to the sector.
Backed by the government-funded Teaching Company Scheme (TCS), the initiative will be a collaboration between commercial companies and universities.
The TCS is normally tailored towards newly-qualified graduates, but the pilot will widen the programme to include women seeking to return to a career in IT.
Under the programme, the TCS will fund 10 female associates for suitable employment in the science, engineering and technology industries.
The announcement follows research from the Office of Science and Technology, which reported a decline in the number of women progressing through the IT and science sectors.
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