PwC and UKBlackTech have joined forces in a drive to encourage greater diversity in the tech sector while also inspiring young people to see it as a viable career path.
The partnership will see PwC and UKBlackTech, which was founded in 2016 by a group of UK tech leaders passionate about increasing black and ethnic representation in the industry, hosting tech insight and networking events across the country.
The interactive events will be open to all, and give attendees real life examples of how technology is key to future business growth.
The aim is to inspire young people by giving them access to role models already working in technology, and an opportunity to discuss career opportunities in the sector.
The pairing will also use PwC’s existing regional schools network to run a range of digital and business skills workshops with young people across the UK to educate, inspire and enthuse around a career in technology.
PwC has a number of other initiatives aimed at widening the future talent pool in technology, including Tech Degree apprenticeships in five cities across the UK and the Tech She Can Charter.
“Improving diversity in the tech sector is a no brainer – providing a wider pool of talent and ideas, ensuring the products and services of tomorrow work for everyone, and opening up opportunity to more people,” said chief operating officer, technology & investments at PwC Sunil Patel.
“Collaboration is key to having more impact. Technology is already central in driving change across all industries and, in order to think differently and thrive, companies need to have the best talent at their table. This means people of all backgrounds – diversity drives innovation.
UK Black Tech founder Mark Martin said: “We are on a mission to make the UK technology sector the most diverse in the world, and are excited that PwC want to be a part of this courageous journey.
“Since launching 18 months ago, UKBlackTech has made a major impact on the tech sector through being visible and signposting opportunities.
“We want to be the agent of change for our future generation and ensure that tech products, services and companies reflect us all. We are positioned perfectly to make this happen because of the connections we have across the sector.”