CarTrawler – Advancing Gender Equity in Tech

15th May 2024

Posted In: FYI

Irish company CarTrawler, headquartered in Dublin, is a leading B2B technology provider of car rental and mobility solutions to the global travel industry. In collaboration with Code First Girls (CFG) – the largest provider of free coding courses and employment opportunities for women globally – CarTrawler has selected two candidates for a CFGdegree scholarship, empowering women through coding education and employment opportunities.

Jessie Strangeway and Tahis Hernandez Rodriguez were chosen from a pool of individuals currently employed by CarTrawler in Ireland. This selection marks the next phase of the partnership between CarTrawler and CFG following an initial eight-week Code First Girls Coding Kickstarter – Introduction to JavaScript course, where 19 women learnt fundamental coding skills.

The initiative with Code First Girls is part of a wider ‘Advancing Gender Equity’ programme at CarTrawler, one element of which is to address under-representation of women in technology roles.

As highlighted by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), women remain underrepresented in STEM professions, accounting for only 25.9% of professionals in Ireland as of 2020.

Following completion of the CFGdegree in August this year, Jessica and Tahis will be offered roles within CarTrawler’s technology team to continue their career advancement in tech. The degree involves four months of intensive training in one of the following specialised areas; Software Engineering, Data, Full Stack, or Product Management.

Given the overwhelming interest demonstrated by women employees at CarTrawler, it is expected that the scholarship programme will continue to run, reinforcing the company’s commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion in the technology sector.

Commenting on the scholarship opportunity, Tahis Hernandez Rodriguez, Escalation Supervisor, Customer Contact Team at CarTrawler said: 

“Being selected for the CFGdegree is such an incredible opportunity, enabling me to pursue a dream career in the tech sector.

Without the eight-week kickstarter course, I would never have gained an insight into coding, and now I’ll be able to undertake a degree and be given the opportunity to start a new career within CarTrawler.”

Fellow scholarship recipient Jessie Strangeway, Accounts Assistant, Group Finance at CarTrawler added; “This initiative not only provides an opportunity for personal and professional growth for me, but it also reflects CarTrawler’s dedication to cultivating a more inclusive and diverse tech industry which is really important to me as an employee. I’m excited to learn more in this space and bring the skills back to my work with CarTrawler.”

Jody Jordan, Chief People Officer of CarTrawler, said: “As we celebrate the selection of Tahis Hernandez Rodriguez and Jessie Strangeway for the CFGdegree programme, we reaffirm our commitment to advancing gender equity in the tech sector.

This initiative marks a pivotal moment in our ongoing partnership with Code First Girls, as we continue to empower women through coding education and employment opportunities.

By investing in their professional development and creating pathways for career advancement, we not only enrich the talent pool at CarTrawler but also contribute to a more inclusive and diverse tech industry.

Having collaborated with the ‘30% Club’ and ‘Connecting Women in Tech,’ we’ve initiated various programmes to promote women representation and career advancement in the tech sector.

Our commitment remains steadfast, and we are dedicated to ongoing efforts in making the tech sector more accessible for women”.