DWP Digital team
Giving women a digital voice
DWP Digital is leading the way as pioneers of a Digital Voices (DVs) programme. A ground-breaking, agenda of activities to help women develop their digital skills and knowledge. The programme helps more women in DWP Digital:
•to be confident at presenting, taking a lead role at events/meetings, telling their own story and the story of DWP Digital
•to learn new skills that equip them to become more vocal
•to learn from other inspiring women and expands their support networks
•to challenge the gender imbalance at public-facing tech events
•to increase the number of visible women role models
DWP Digital launched DVs in 2018 as a pilot to address the above issues. Supported by Sue Griffin, chair of DWPs Women in Digital (WID) network, and other senior female advocates in digital, the women are buddied with a ‘friend’ and receive tailored development and coaching. Nine women joined the first cohort, its success leading to cohort 2 in January 2019 with 14 new DVs.
Over 5-months they’re taking part in regular learning sessions including: using social media, blogging and interviewing skills as well as joining sessions from industry wide guest speakers. They’ll be provided with speaking opportunities and options to take part in various events and conferences. They are given an online VIP area where they can share information and log their personal journey.
DWP Digital host an annual WID conference to encourage a shift in behaviour around gender bias. It aims to inspires females into tech roles while looking at what we can do to make digital an attractive place to work. The DVs took an active part in last year’s conference and will help shape this year’s event by talking about their experience and sharing examples of how we are building an inclusive environment.