Women Wavemakers: Practical Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Women in Coding Bootcamps

Produced by: 
The World Bank
Available from: 
July 2018
Paper author(s): 
Caren Grown
Stefano Mocci
Topic: 
Education - Health
Gender Economics
Year: 
2018

Coding bootcamps, a type of rapid tech skills training program, have recently emerged as a promising approach to equipping individuals with the skills needed to thrive in digital economies. But despite the potential of these training programs to prepare graduates to compete in a changing global labor market, women often participate at significantly lower rates. When women do enroll, they tend to have higher dropout rates than men. The World Bank Group (WBG) Gender Strategy (2016-2023) identifies occupational sex segregation as a key constraint to women’s economic opportunity, along with the lack of care services, limited mobility, and legal and regulatory restrictions. Because coding bootcamps may offer one way to bring more women into the digital economy, the WBG sought to gather insights from bootcamp providers across the world to better understand strategies for recruiting and retaining women.

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