Women Wavemakers: Strategies to Close the Gender Gap in Tech Bootcamps

World Bank Group
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Jul 18, 2018

The World Bank Group released a new report, Women Wavemakers: practical strategies for recruiting and retaining women in coding bootcamps, which shares insights from practitioners around the world about ways to improve the recruitment of female students in coding bootcamps - a type of rapid technology skills training program - along with their retention in programs and links to the labor market when they graduate. 


Women participate in coding bootcamps at lower rates than men. This matters because bootcamps have emerged as a promising approach to equipping individuals with the skills needed to thrive in digital economies.


Women Wavemakers draws on the experiences of 25 coding bootcamps and seven digital skills programs in 22 countries to provide a menu of options that providers and policymakers can test and refine, in three key areas:

  • Approaches to recruitment: how bootcamps can use marketing, role-models, and other tools to attract more women;
  • Strategies for inclusive program design: how providers can respond to up-front constraints for female students, including tuition fees, care and travel needs, and a 'confidence gap';
  • Creating linkages to the labor market: the ways that professional development and networking can be included in curricula.


Download the full report Women Wavemakers: Practical strategies for recruiting and retaining women in coding bootcamps on the World Bank website.


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