We are delighted to announce that Salesforce Supermums has been shortlisted for a National Technology Award in the Tech for Good category! The winners will be announced on Wednesday 15th May at the awards ceremony.
It is incredible to be recognised for our work at Supermums in the National Technology Awards. I’m delighted to have led and inspired many other mums to follow in my footsteps and carve out a flexible career in the Salesforce industry to achieve their aspirations.
The recognition and support from the National Technology Awards is invaluable and gives me the confidence to really expand our programme to help many more mums in the future.’
Heather Black, Founder and CEO, Salesforce Supermums
What is Salesforce Supermums?
Only one in six tech specialists in the UK are women, yet they make up nearly half (47%) of the UK workforce. Fewer than one in ten of those currently occupy senior management positions. There is a still a great deal of work to do to encourage diversity within technology and Salesforce Supermums is a programme which does exactly that.
Salesforce Supermums is a pioneering digital skills training programme which empowers mums to get back to work with Salesforce CRM Admin skills, coaching and work experience. The programme helps to increase the number of women in technology and shines a spotlight on what’s possible for working women. It has empowered a highly experienced and flexible Salesforce workforce, as well as helped meet demand for Salesforce skills amongst non-profit organisations.
The programme was founded in the UK in 2016 by mother of two, Heather Black. When Heather’s eldest daughter was born, she continued to work flexibly around her family. She is not alone in doing so: 2017 ONS figures showed almost three quarters of women with dependent children in the UK are in either full or part-time work.
The Training Course
The six-month process sees mums participate in 40 days of virtual learning, when they are trained and mentored by Salesforce consultants and administrators who help them to learn and apply new Salesforce skills. Crucially, mums participating in the programme gain valuable work experience on a live CRM implementation project for a not-for-profit client. Upon graduation, the Supermums recruitment team help participants find a Salesforce role that meets their time demands and pressures, providing interview coaching and support as they start their new role.
After qualifying as a certified Salesforce Administrator, participants can move into a wide range of roles from project management to business analysis and development, depending on their professional background, qualifications and expertise.
Successes so far
So far, the training programme has attracted 98 trainees and provided 2552 pro-bono hours, worth over £247k to 70 non-profits. So far, 50 trainees have completed and 48 are still learning. Of those completed, 32 are now certified and 30 are working within Salesforce-related jobs.
The programme has also attracted exceptional support from the Salesforce community, with over 50 Salesforce professionals volunteering to help train and mentor the mums.
The programme is having a real impact amongst working parents, giving them career options and the chance to take on new challenges at the same time as managing the demands of parenthood. What makes Supermums unique is that it is helping bring the flexibility offered by being able to train and work entirely remotely to a section of the workforce that can really benefit – new mums.
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What are the National Technology Awards?
Celebrating the pioneers of technology and encouraging excellence
The National Technology Awards are the most comprehensive celebration of technology in the year, organised by National Technology News. The awards celebrate the pioneers of new technology and help drive standards and encourage excellence.
The Tech for Good category recognises organisations and initiatives who are using tech to make positive change in our society.