MYOB aims to “break the bias” in technology development with the launch of the DevelopHer program

After five successful years in Australia, leading business management platform MYOB will launch its highly sought-after DevelopHer program for the first time in New Zealand, aiming to fill the skills gap and help increase the number of women in technical positions.

The unique program provides successful applicants with a full-time, paid internship focused on technology development at MYOB. After completing the internship, candidates progress to a protected developer role, followed by a full-time job offer with MYOB as an associate developer. Since its initial launch in Tasmania, interest in DevelopHer has grown exponentially and 2022 marks the first year that two New Zealand applicants will be able to participate in the program.

As technology development skills and expertise are in high demand, The Aotearoa Digital Skills Report 2021 stresses that diversity is a particular concern for the sector. Only 39% of ‘tech standards participants’ in New Zealand are women, and women make up just 27% of those in digital technology roles.

Felicity Brown, Head of Employee Services at MYOB, said MYOB was delighted to launch DevelopHer in New Zealand on International Women’s Day, helping more local talent pursue successful careers in the industry. of technology.

“With the economic potential of technology and the growth of SaaS (Software as a Service) for New Zealand, it is more important than ever that we seek to close the skills gap by developing the talent we already have. on our soil. An opportunity to do that is to provide more platforms where women can start and grow a career in tech development,” Felicity said.

“MYOB’s DevelopHer program aims to break down gender diversity biases in tech and provides women who have no technical experience with an opportunity to get started, improve their skills and progress in a career in this field. growing industry. The paid program provides candidates with supportive mentors and is designed to provide an optimal learning environment that will see them thrive. It’s a great start to an exciting and limitless career.

The DevelopHer program

The DevelopHer program will see two New Zealand applicants offered an online scholarship with MYOB’s tertiary partner, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), a paid salary while they apprentice, and exclusive tutoring and coaching sessions.

Upon completion of the course, participants receive either a Graduate Certificate in Application Development or credits towards a Computer Science degree from RMIT – as well as full-time employment with MYOB as a Protected Developer in the MYOB graduate program, The Future Makers Academy.

Successful candidates will begin their studies from July to November, with an elective in the new year. Applicants will then join the February 2023 cohort of MYOB Future Makers Academy proteges.

Future Maker’s Academy Protégé developer and former digital marketer Mehak Mahajan completed the DevelopHer program in Australia in February this year and said the decision to go back and study was a challenge she is extremely grateful to have picked up.

“While working in marketing and analyzing trends using various software, I started wondering how these platforms were built and found myself wanting to know more. loves a challenge and that’s when I decided to pursue a new career in the tech industry,” Mehak said.

“I could never have imagined that I would learn so much in six months. The supportive environment you find yourself in for DevelopHer, with mentors and friends helping you every step of the way, has allowed me to constantly improving and being excited about my future career in the industry. I assure you that no one can stop women when they start believing in themselves!

Applications are open now

TheDevelopHerThe program is open to women of all ages, backgrounds and skills. For many, it is an opportunity to retrain and change careers, although women can apply straight out of school if they wish. For more information or to apply for one of two places in the first-ever DevelopHer admission in New Zealand, go to MYOB Careers, opportunities for graduates.

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Ruby A. Robillard