About the programme

AWS GetIT is a fully funded programme delivered in partnership with Amazon Web Services. GetIT aims to encourage girls to consider a career in tech and challenge gender stereotypes within the industry. The programme sees groups of 12 to 13 year old students designing and creating an ‘app for good’ which makes real, tangible social change within their school and community.
AWS GetIT 2020/21 will be delivered in England, Scotland, Ireland and Germany. Germany's webpage is coming soon.
AWS GetIT aims for students to...
  • Build practical digital skills and relevant work experience;
  • Learn more about technology as a possible career option from industry experts;
  • Feel empowered to break down gender stereotypes;
  • Gain confidence and presentation skills;
  • Consider a career in IT and app making.
The AWS GetIT programme begins in line with the autumn school term, starting with a school assembly to launch the programme and inspire the students. An AWS female Ambassador, who works for Amazon or one of its partners will give a talk that focuses on the wealth of opportunities that exist for women working in IT.
Following the assembly, students will be challenged to enter an inter-school app-building competition focused on solving issues local to their school or community! In October and November students are be invited to attend a GetIT Bootcamp, where they will have the opportunity to learn about the different types of technology and careers available in tech and about how best to design and plan their ‘app for good.’
In the New Year schools get a second visit from their AWS Ambassador to check-in with the students and see how they are getting up to before their final submissions. Selected teams will then be invited to present their app ideas at the AWS Summit.
95
Schools nationwide taking part in AWS GetIT 2019/20
16,500
12-13 year-olds reached through assemblies in 2019
6
AWS GetIT bootcamps delivered across London, Manchester and Cambridge

AWS GetIT Alumni

AWS GetIT provides alumni with opportunities and experiences that will help inspire them to consider a career in Tech. Alumni are invited to attend a Mentoring Afternoon Tea in the year immediately following the programme. In a relaxed environment, the students are mentored by women in tech and are able to ask them about how they started their career in technology.
The Mentoring Afternoon Teas are held at three different stages throughout the year - one in the Autumn term, one in Spring, and one in the Summer. They are designed to to give female students an opportunity to learn more about IT as a career choice and benefit from the mentors own observations and learnings.
AWS GetIT's female mentors and ambassadors work in varying business sectors and all have unique, inspiring stories to tell. Examples of companies involved in the programme include Deliveroo, HSBC, JustEat and Lego.

Past Programmes

53
is the average increase of girls who chose IT or a tech subject at GSCE from 2018/19 to 2019/20
4.1
Schools scored the impact of the programme 4.1 out of 5
80
of schools reported that the majority of girls who took part in AWS GetIT are interested in pursuing IT or a career in technology in the future

“The Head of ICT has reported that this cohort has the biggest uptake amongst the girl's school historically.”

SarahTeacher

"From the pilot year in 2018-19 to now, we have seen a dramatic increase in our girls taking IT as a GCSE - a rise from 4 to 12 girls!"

VivianTeacher

“The competition sky rockets their interest [in IT] and the handful who get to come to Amazon remember the experience and has a big impression on them - they see the variety of careers and that it’s not just men typing at their computers.”

AishaTeacher

“It has inspired me to want to make a difference in technology. It has encouraged girls to feel included in technology and to work alongside boys. It was a fulfilling experience!”

Charlotte, 12Particpant

“All the ambassadors were extremely nice, helpful and understanding, and made all the instructions clear and fun.”

Clio, 13Participant

“It opened their eyes to the kinds of jobs out there, as many thought that working for a tech company was all about computers and coding. They realised that they didn't have to be technically minded but could be on the design and ideas side of things.”

ZaraTeacher

“It celebrated and empowered young women. It was great to have a workshop in a real-life working office, it was quite inspiring for our girls to see. It has given our girls an opportunity they wouldn't have otherwise had. They could join in all activities equally.”

JulieTeacher

“I was inspired and left thinking whether I should do this as a career.”

Tiah, 12Participant

“Students have been engaged in the content and the creative atmosphere.”

MarkTeacher

“Students had a totally new experience in an exciting environment. They were made to feel welcome, supported, and encouraged.”

MohammedTeacher

2018/2019 Winners featured on BBC Click

Inclusivity and Diversity in STEM

Read our blog post about the AWS GetIT programme and how it is paving the way for more inclusivity and diversity in STEM.

Contact

EMILY

HEAD OF AWS GETIT, FUTURE FOUNDATIONS
emily.clark@future-foundations.co.uk

ALICE C

PROJECTS COORDINATOR
alice.curran@future-foundations.co.uk