More women in tech: Microsoft Azure Academy

More women in tech: Microsoft Azure Academy

More than twenty graduates with a Microsoft Data Science certification, most of whom got a job and are already working as data scientists. These are the most important successes achieved with the very first edition of the Microsoft Azure Academy, Powered by Techionista, the training in which women are being prepared for a career in the field of data science.

“The Academy was a journey of discovery of hard work, together with my fellow students and coaches. We were greatly supported by Techionista and Microsoft, who made this program possible with great passion and dedication.” – Leonie Syrier – Data Scientist bij BPSolutions

In the world of technology and IT, women are still a minority, especially in areas such as cloud and data science. According to figures from Statistics Netherlands, in 2017, 13 percent of the ICT positions in the labor market were filled by women. To change that, we started the Microsoft Azure Academy last year, in which we help women gain future-proof IT knowledge.

Microsoft Azure Academy
Participants at the Microsoft Azure Academy, aged 23 to 56, attended class lessons two days a week. In the classroom meetings subjects such as data analysis and visualization, statistics and coding were discussed. In the remaining two working days a week, the participants deepened their knowledge by means of self-study. In addition, Techionista helped the participants to further develop important soft-skills, such as communication skills and personal leadership, so that in addition to technical skills they also develop themselves in self-knowledge and development and thus bring an even richer palette of skills to their new career.

Mix of knowledge and practice
“Technical specialists play a crucial role in unlocking and interpreting our data. Moreover, the ArenA functions as a Living Lab. Together with knowledge institutes, the municipality of Amsterdam and companies such as Microsoft, smart and sustainable solutions in the areas of quality of life, mobility, safety, crowd management and sustainability are being tested and realized. That is why the ArenA wants to contribute to the training of technical specialists and more women in ICT. That is why we like to invest in the technical talent of the future, we all benefit from this “, says Henk van Raan, Chief Innovation Officer of the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

Studying hard
As Leonie, now a data scientist for BPSolutions, puts it: “The Academy was a journey of discovery of hard work, together with my fellow students and coaches. In addition, we were greatly supported by Techionista and Microsoft, who made this program with great passion and commitment possible. ”

Larger woman talent pool
“Because digital skills play an increasingly important role in the job market and we at Microsoft place a high value on diversity and inclusiveness, we find it important that jobs in the IT sector are well balanced,” says Emily Glastra, Public Sector Director at Microsoft Netherlands. . “The Microsoft Azure Academy is a way for Microsoft to broaden the talent pool of female professionals in the tech sector and increase their strength.”

Sign up for the next edition
The next edition of the Microsoft Azure Academy, Powered by Techionista, will start on 4 February 2019 in the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam and will last for sixteen weeks. Would you like to participate? Here you find all the information you need. Via that link you can also register without obligation.