Since 2015, Konica Minolta has been sponsoring the NGO “Czechitas”, running a project to support entrepreneurship and IT knowledge capacity building for women in cooperation with the worldwide organisation “Impact Hub”. Having started in 2015/2016 with a pilot project in the Czech Republic, the project was extended to Germany in 2016/2017 and will now also be running its 3rd phase in 2017/2018 in Poland and Austria.
IT is still a male-dominated domain. Studies found that the percentage of female employees ranges from 15% to 40% in OECD countries. With the sponsorship, Konica Minolta supports educational one-day workshops, where students learn programming, web development, graphic design and data analysis. The workshops show female pupils, students, professionals, entrepreneurs and career changers a new perspective in the IT environment and focus on how IT topics are approached and implemented in a corporate environment.
Furthermore, Konica Minolta provides its own IT expertise by way of different company speakers at the workshops. The first workshops started in the Czech Republic in September this year. A total of 240 women will be trained in this country. Next year, Germany will follow in January, Austria in February and Poland in March.
Great demand for workshops
The cooperation with Konica Minolta has been taking place since 2015. Within three years, a number of workshops took place in the Czech Republic and Germany. In total, over 50 workshops and courses, attended by more than 1,000 women, have been organised through Konica Minolta’s partnership.