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Wednesday, 05 May 2021 14:55

Tesserent and Uniq You urge girls to pursue cybersecurity careers


To solve labour shortage woes in the Australian cyber sector, Tesserent has teamed up with Uniq You to encourage girls and expose them early to industries underrepresented by women. Tesserent and Uniq You are committed in the development of future women cyberleaders and will teach girls that a career in cybersecurity is possible.

Tesserent partners with Queensland non-profit organisation Uniq You to encourage more Gen Z girls to consider careers in cybersecurity.

According to the Tesserent, the Australian cyber sector employs 26,500 people, but it is estimated that over 7,000 new jobs will be created by 2024 to support the industry as it grows. Encouraging diversity and more “female talent in the industry is key to meeting demand and addressing gender imbalances.”

To address the skill shortage, Tesserent has announced a new division, the Tesserent Academy.

Uniq You is a ground-breaking new virtual platform showing year 9-12 girls that a career in technology fields like cybersecurity is possible. As more girls see that this is a viable path, “a more diverse pipeline of future cybersecurity professionals will open up”, says Tesserent.

Emmeline McIllree, Chief People Officer, Tesserent, enthuses: “We are delighted to support the important work that Uniq You is doing to significantly increase the exposure high school girls have to industries underrepresented by women.”

“Partnering together, we hope to encourage more female Gen Z high school students to seriously consider building a career in cyber. This program is an exciting initiative supported by the new Tesserent Academy”, she says.

Uniq You addresses the pipeline problem by “showing girls they can pursue amazing careers in industries currently underrepresented, focusing on STEM, technology, cybersecurity, as well as mining, water, energy and gas, construction, manufacturing, aviation, agriculture, defence, and transport and logistics.”

Tanya Meessmmann, Uniq You CEO, says: “Tesserent’s commitment to playing a role in the development of a future pipeline of female cybersecurity leaders and boosting participation in the sector is crucial to addressing gender imbalances. We are excited to work together to encourage and support thousands of young Australian women to undertake education and training pathways and start their careers in the important field of cybersecurity.”

“Uniq You aims to facilitate over 600 information-packed video calls between high school girls, their career officers and over 100 female advisors working in industries and roles currently underrepresented by women. With comprehensive career advisory experience and unique industry opportunities, this service is dedicated to inspiring girls to come and be part of exciting jobs of the future, and contribute to our ever-changing technological world,” concludes Meessmmann.

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