A free women returners programme into the tech sector

Return to work with other women. Pursue a career in the Tech sector.

You are ready. You can do this. We will help you. 

“Press Refresh” on your career today. This free programme is for YOU.

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This project is funded and delivered by

Press Refresh | Free Women Returners Programme


Return to work with other women, Pursue a career in the Tech sector

You are ready
You can do this
We will help you

This fully funded programme is for YOU.

Press Refresh is a free supportive return to work part-time Data Analytics 17 week training programme with mentor support from female role models in Tech.

Maybe you thought that the Tech sector is not for you – Press Refresh will allow you to explore the opportunities that exist in this rapidly growing industry and give you confidence, skills and know-how to advance into this sector.

No previous experience in the Tech sector is required, and to help you decide if this is the right path for you, the application process includes a psychometric test.

The Women’s “Press Refresh” Programme is supported by the Department for the Economy and delivered in partnership with Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC) and Women in Business (WIB).

Childcare

Childcare needs will be discussed, and we will endeavour to support costs.

Home learning

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, training will be online through a virtual classroom.

Qualifications

Successful completion of the programme will give YOU qualifications that will prepare you to seek employment in the field of Data Analytics.

Criteria

You must hold a degree (any discipline). Desirable would be two years post-graduate workplace experience

Mentor

Receive mentor support from women already in the sector throughout the programme

Work Ready

Confidence building, resilience, communications, CV and interview skills training will ensure you are ready to return

Interview

We will engage with employers throughout the course of the programme and on completion we will work with participants to help secure an interview, where possible.

Application

The application is very straight forward; you just complete some personal information and then do the psychometric assessment. There is no preparation required to undertake the assessment. This is a user-friendly tool designed to help define and measure participants’ personality preferences, natural aptitudes, and motivational interests.

Press Refresh Programme Timetable

Key
* 2 sessions 9.30- 11.30am and 12-2.00pm
** 1 session 9.30-11.30am
*** Free time
**** Day session 9.30 pm-4.30pm
  • Week 1

    16/11/2020 Programme Onboarding – * Participants will:

    1. Understand the programme aims, outcomes, structure and use of technology
    2. Gain a deeper awareness of own and others learning styles
    3. Shape and agree the group learning contract
    4. Begin to build group relationships and programme peer support network
    5. Explore own and others motivation and how best to support it

    17/11/2020 Career Strengths & Blockers – * Participants will:

    1. Explore career strengths, work in progress areas, opportunities & threats
    2. Begin to shape some career and personal development goals
    3. Explore common career blockers & how to overcome them
    4. Address confidence and all the factors that build and erode it!

    18/11/2020 ***  
    19/11/2020 ***  
    20/11/2020 ***  
  • Week 2

    23/11/2020 ***
    24/11/2020 ***
    25/11/2020 Belfast Met Welcome to Course – ****
    26/11/2020 Team Activities – ****
    27/11/2020 Technology Awareness Session – ****
  • Week 3

    30/11/2020 ***
    01/12/2020 ***
    02/12/2020 What is Big Data – ****
    03/12/2020 How to use Excel in Data Analytics – ****
    04/12/2020 How to use Excel in Data Analytics – ****
  • Week 4

    07/12/2020 ***  
    08/12/2020 Building Personal Resilience for Career Success – ** Participants will:

    1. Complete a resilience diagnostic to understand their own strengths and development areas
    2. Learn about what underpins personal resilience
    3. Knowledge on how to build the mindsets and behaviours that build resilience

    09/12/2020 How to use Excel in Data Analytics – ****  
    10/12/2020 How to use Excel in Data Analytics – ****  
    11/12/2020 How to use Excel in Data Analytics – ****  

     

  • Week 5

    14/12/2020 ***
    15/12/2020 ***
    16/12/2020 Why is Data Important – ****
    17/12/2020 Introduction to Programming using Python – ****
    18/12/2020 Introduction to Programming using Python – ****
       
    21/12/2020 ***
    22/12/2020 ***
    23/12/2020 ***
    24/12/2020 ***
    25/12/2020 ***
       
    28/12/2020 ***
    29/12/2020 ***
    30/12/2020 ***
    31/12/2020 ***
    01/01/2021 ***
  • Week 6

    04/01/2021 ***  
    05/01/2021 The Magic of Mentoring – ** Participants will:

    1. Be introduced to the benefits of career mentoring
    2. Learn how to get the best outcomes from group mentoring
    3. Begin working with their programme mentoring group

    06/01/2021 Introduction to Programming using Python – ****  
    07/01/2021 Introduction to Programming using Python – ****  
    08/01/2021 Introduction to Programming using Python – ****  

     

  • Week 7

    11/01/2021 ***
    12/01/2021 ***
    13/01/2021 AM MTA Introduction to Programming using Python – ****
    14/01/2021 /PM Why is Data Important – ****
    15/01/2021 What is a Database – ****

     

  • Week 8

    18/01/2021 ***
    19/01/2021 ***
    20/01/2021 What are the Fundamentals of Databases – ****
    21/01/2021 What are the Fundamentals of Databases – ****
    22/01/2021 What are the Fundamentals of Databases – ****

     

  • Week 9

    25/01/2021 ***  
    26/01/2021 Your Hired – Creating the Opportunities – ** Participants will:

    1. Learn the building blocks of a great CV
    2. Understand how to produce precision application forms and cover notes
    3. Develop a Job search plan and a Linked in Profile

    27/01/2021 What are the Fundamentals of Databases – ****  
    28/01/2021 What are the Fundamentals of Databases – ****  
    29/01/2021 MTA Database Fundamentals Exam – ****  
  • Week 10

    01/02/2021 ***
    02/02/2021 ***
    03/02/2021 Personal Skills for the IT Sector – ****
    04/02/2021 Personal Skills for the IT Sector – ****
    04/02/2021 Intro to Project Management – ****
  • Week 11

    08/02/2021 ***
    09/02/2021 ***
    10/02/2021 PRINCE2 Agile Training – ****
    11/02/2021 PRINCE2 Agile Training – ****
    12/02/2021 AM PRINCE2 Agile Training/
    Exam – ****
  • Week 12

    15/02/2021 ***  
    16/02/2021 Your Hired – Brilliant Interviews – ** Participants will:

    1. Learn how to prepare successfully for interviews
    2. How to self-market and harness nerves for interview success
    3. Have an opportunity to practice in a safe supportive space

    17/02/2021 SQL: What is SQL and what is it used for? – ****  
    18/02/2021 SQL: What is SQL and what is it used for? – ****  
    19/02/2021 How to Visualise Data Differently – ****  

     

  • Week 13

    22/02/2021 ***
    23/02/2021 ***
    24/02/2021 How to Visualise Data Differently – ****
    25/02/2021 How Microsoft Power BI can be used to create Reports and Dashboards – ****
    26/02/2021 How Microsoft Power BI can be used to create Reports and Dashboards – ****

     

  • Week 14

    01/03/2021 ***
    02/03/2021 ***
    03/03/2021 How Microsoft Power BI can be used to create Reports and Dashboards – ****
    04/03/2021 How Microsoft Power BI can be used to create Reports and Dashboards – ****
    05/03/2021 How Microsoft Power BI can be used to create Reports and Dashboards – ****

     

  • Week 15

    08/03/2021 ***  
    09/03/2021 Communicating with Impact – ** Participants will:

    1. Complete diagnostics to Identify their own communication and influencing styles
    2. Understand the building blocks of communicating with presence and impact
    3. Identify barriers and solutions to having the brave career conversations

    10/03/2021 Critical Thinking/Problem Solving for IT Professionals – ****  
    11/03/2021 Critical Thinking/Problem Solving for IT Professionals. – ****  
    12/03/2021 Critical Thinking/Problem Solving for IT Professionals – ****  

     

  • Week 16

    15/03/2021 ***
    16/03/2021 ***
    17/03/2021 DA-100 Analysing Data  with Microsoft Power BI – ****
    18/03/2021 Solving a Business Challenge
    using Data Analytics – ****
    19/03/2021 Solving a Business Challenge
    using Data Analytics – ****
  • Week 17

    22/03/2021 ***  
    23/03/2021 Solving a Business Challenge using Data Analytics – ****  
    24/03/2021 Solving a Business Challenge using Data Analytics – ****  
    25/03/2021 Solving a Business Challenge using Data Analytics – ****  
    26/03/2021  Celebrating Success & Career Planning – * Participants will:
    1. Take time to reflect and celebrate the career development successes so far.
    2. Define their 12-month career ready development plan including objectives, goals, action.
    3. Identify a network support plan including potential sponsors, mentors and peer supporters.
    4. Take part in further group mentoring