“There’s a lack of diversity in tech and a definite shortage of women,” says Heather Black, CEO, Supermums. “When I made my own career pivot to a freelance Salesforce Consultant, I realised that many mums could benefit from a flexible job with the opportunity to earn well. However, it can be hard for women returners to get back into the workplace. Solving this issue gave me the seed of an idea, which eventually became Supermums in 2016. Now, working with companies like Slalom means we can add extra value to our trainees when it comes to what employers are looking for.”
To accelerate careers in tech for diverse talent, Supermums delivers training in Salesforce Admin, Marketing Cloud and consultancy skills, and offers a recruitment service. For the past few years, Heather and her team have been working in partnership with Slalom to scale up these opportunities. Heather continues: “We’re a very inclusive community - despite our name, we welcome parents and non-parents onto our training courses. We’ve built our talent development programmes around nine key ingredients, including technical training and a structured learning programme, as well as real work experience, 1-to-1 mentoring and peer networking. Everything is designed to empower individuals.
“Working with Slalom, we’re able to boost the success and confidence of our trainees via a range of different initiatives. Imposter syndrome can be high when people are changing careers so networking events and weekly one-to-one mentoring from experienced professionals really helps. In fact, our partnership has been so successful, some trainees have even progressed to working there.”