Women Wavemakers: Practical Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Women in Coding Bootcamps

Coding bootcamps, a type of rapid tech skills training program, have recently emerged aswoman a promising approach to equipping individuals with the skills needed to thrive in digital economies. Despite the potential of these programs, women often participate at lower rates than men.

The Women Wavemakers report draws on the experiences of 25 coding bootcamps and seven digital skills programs in 22 countries to provide a menu of options that providers and policymakers can test and refine, in three key areas:

1) Approaches to recruitment: how bootcamps can use marketing, role-models, and networks to attract more women;

2) Strategies for inclusive program design: how providers can respond to up-front constraints for female students, including tuition fees, care and travel needs, and also address the ‘confidence gap’;

3) Creating linkages to the labor market: the ways that professional development skills, internships and job opportunities can be included in programs.