Unity Bank, SkillPaddy partner, train 1,000 female software engineers

Onwubuke Melvin
Onwubuke Melvin

Unity Bank Plc has partnered with tech platform, SkillPaddy, to train 1,000 female software engineers.

The training, which was tagged ‘Count Her In’ tech programme, focused on empowering female beneficiaries with software engineering skills

The Bank’s press release states that the IT skill development and empowerment initiative aims to bridge talent shortages and give individuals a chance to achieve their training objectives and launch careers in IT.

Commenting on the collaboration, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Unity Bank Plc, Mrs Tomi Somefun, said the initiative aligned with the theme of the IWD 2024, #InspireInclusion.

She noted that the bank’s commitment to inclusion, equality and diversity in all sectors, was reflected in the women empowerment.

She said, “As a bank committed to fostering economic empowerment and gender equality, we are proud to partner with SkillPaddy on this initiative to contribute to the training and empowerment of 1,000 female software engineers.

“Through this programme, we are not only investing in the future of these talented women but also driving innovation and diversity within the tech industry. By providing access to skills training and mentorship, we aim to unlock opportunities and create a more inclusive and thriving digital economy for all.”

She said that the special training initiative, which was conceived as part of the activities to mark this year’s International Women’s Day 2024, would receive full funding from Unity Bank for about 40 young girls.

According to Somefun, the programme will provide all beneficiaries with training on different aspects of software development and also teach them life skills such as critical thinking, communication, innovation and problem-solving which they will need to have, in order to succeed.

Women make up just 33 per cent of the tech-related workforce globally.

Unity Bank has recently engaged a software training company, Alt School Africa, to sponsor female students for the acquisition of specialised technical skills in computer programming.

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