Code First Girls

Code First Girls

Closing the gender gap in tech globally

Tackling the tech diversity gap by supporting women into coding education and employment for free.

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Alice Bentinck MBE, Matthew Clifford MBE & Anna Brailsford



As the UK’s largest provider of free coding courses for women, Code First Girls supports women into coding education and employment for free, addressing the gender gap in the tech industry and boosting social mobility by giving women from every background access to a career in tech.

Women currently make up just 21% of the UK’s tech industry and black women account for less than 3%. With this huge lack of diverse talent and the global demand for tech jobs growing exponentially, Code First Girls offers a long-term solution. Through its programmes and partnerships, it provides women with the practical skills, confidence and community to enter and thrive in the tech industry.

Code First Girls has taught more than 80,000 women to code online for free, linking talent with jobs and partnering with some of the world’s largest companies and leading public bodies, including Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, GCHQ and Skyscanner. We are supporting the team to accelerate its growth and impact globally, working towards its target to provide one million free opportunities for women to learn to code and join the tech industry in the next five years.