Computer Clubs for Girls hits 100,000 members

A group promoting computer skills for girls has signed up 100,000 members in just two years.

Since launching in 2005, Computer Clubs for Girls (CC4G) has offered out-of-school clubs for 10 to 14-year old girls to learn about using computers. The group adds a thousand members a week, and is at 58 per cent of secondary schools in England.

Kate Bancroft, a student at Dundonald Primary School in Wimbledon, was the 100,000th new member. "I never realised how much fun IT could be or how easy it is to learn new things," she said. "Through the activities we get to see how IT makes things happen, from running a fashion show to setting up a band. We really look forward to the weekly club sessions."

While it may be fun and games for Bancroft and her friends, the government sees the programme as serious business. Women make up less than 18 per cent of the workforce, and that number has been declining despite a general need for more IT professionals.

Jim Knight, Minister of State for Schools, said: "We are delighted to see the energy and enthusiasm with which girls approach CC4G. But CC4G also has a more serious role. It develops key skills in IT, team-working, problem solving and communications that are valued by employers and universities and which will stand the girls in good stead throughout their future lives."

The programme was started by e-skills UK to encourage girls to consider a career in the IT sector. The programme has seen 10 million in support from firms such as Microsoft, BA, EDS, and LogicaCMG.