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Akkodis and Hired Launch Partnership with Girls Who Code

Akkodis, a global leader in the engineering and R&D market, and Hired, the largest AI-driven marketplace that matches ambitious tech and sales talent with the world’s most innovative companies, launched a strategic partnership with Girls Who Code, an international nonprofit organization that will work to close the gender gap in engineering, software development, and other technology disciplines. Akkodis and Hired are part of the Adecco Group, whose mission is to “Make the Future Work for Everyone.”

“Women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce but only 27% of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce,” said Mike Small, head of Akkodis North America. “We look forward to collaborating with Girls Who Code on thought leadership, career coaching, upskilling, as well as job placement to address the critical underrepresentation of women in STEM.”

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“In 1995, 37% of computer scientists were women. Today, it’s only 22%,” said Marcia Custodio, Director, Akkodis Academy. “This percentage will continue to decline if we do nothing. We are looking forward to partnering with Girls Who Code to help close the gender gap through proactive programs that not only build a strong pipeline of future talent but provide pathways to meaningful and lucrative career opportunities.”

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“While overall progress on increasing workplace equality is being made, the gender gap in computing is getting worse,” said Josh Brenner, CEO of Hired. “Our partnership with Girls Who Code will help us place the next generation of female software engineers in high impact roles with some of the world’s most innovative brands.”

“At Girls Who Code, we understand that it’s not enough to foster a passion for computer science among girls and young women. We also need to build pathways to ensure that they are given equal access to opportunities that turn their interest into lucrative and exciting careers,” said Tarika Barrett, CEO of Girls Who Code. “We’re grateful for the support from Akkodis and Hired as we work to close the gender gap in tech, level the playing field for our most marginalized students, and build a tech workforce that’s representative of the diverse world we live in today.”

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