A total of 50 women with disabilities will receive training to access technological positions thanks to the Radia Program, an initiative promoted by the ONCE Foundation, the Conference of Social Councils of Spanish Universities (CCS) and Fundación CEOE, whose objective is to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in digital work environments.

It is about offering employment opportunities to women with disabilities, who are the group with the fewest options for professional development in technological fields.

The training will begin next September and will end in June 2021. A total of 50 women participate, 36% with physical disabilities and between the ages of 20 and 29 (52%). Most of them (72%) do not come from STEM careers. The program has received a total of 126 applications.

It is divided into three phases that combine face-to-face and virtual training on the hottest issues of digital transformation, such as artificial intelligence, fintech, esport, ecommerce, cybersecurity, biotechnology, blockchain or Green teach. In addition, it will have mentoring and inspiring training with mentors from different companies and practices in technology companies.

The first phase, Brain Storm, will begin on September 22. The Mentor Women phase will take place over 12 weeks and in them the scholars will know the real contexts of the technological field from the hand of professionals who work in the digital field and will show them their day to day, in order to teach them, inspire them and empower them. In the last phase, called Real Work, those selected will receive digital training in 100 sessions of 4 hours and will be supported by mentors to carry out practices in the selected companies. It is slated to end on June 30, 2021.

Radia Program

The Radia Perlman story inspired the name of the Radia Women's Digital Inclusion program. Radia is the creator of one of the most used communication protocols in the world that makes networks work correctly, are stable, robust and secure.

Currently, only one in six ICT specialists incorporated into the labor market is a woman. Added to this data is the circumstance of disability, which hinders the inclusion of women with disabilities in the field of higher education and employment. Therefore, the purpose of the program is to offer training and employment that includes more women with disabilities in the digital sector, recognizing both the value of their contributions and their talent, which is essential to build an inclusive, competitive and dynamic digital society.

From this perspective, Radia establishes a series of steps aimed at increasing the number of university students with disabilities sitting in jobs based on the management of digital technology.

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