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This year’s International Women’s Day theme, #BreakTheBias, aims to highlight the need for a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive world, and celebrate the achievements of women.
At Equinix, the world’s digital infrastructure company, we are supporting this goal by launching a pilot returners initiative, giving women who have taken a career break the opportunity to come back to the workforce in roles that they might not have normally considered.
This programme, dubbed ‘I Am Remarkable’ will look for transferable skills that women can bring from other industries, and Equinix will hire successful applicants into full-time paid roles and provide on-the-job training to support our returners to become fully qualified Data Centre Technicians. Each successful candidate will receive a City and Guild certification following the two-year training portion of the role and develop the practical knowledge to establish a career in technology.
‘I Am Remarkable’ was originally conceived by a small group of female executives on the Equinix team at the height of the pandemic. We wanted to create a programme that would support some of the predominantly female workforce who had lost their jobs due to Covid.
As a team, we were very aware of the struggles that people, and specifically women, had faced during the pandemic, juggling more than they ever had before. Our own teams within Equinix had found life extremely challenging – yet we were able to acknowledge that we were in a hugely fortunate position to work for an employer that had grown throughout this period. We spoke a lot about the gratitude we had for each other and for the company which allowed us to flex our work and protected our jobs.
We realised that by reskilling women who had been negatively impacted by the pandemic, we could bring some of these remarkable people into our workforce, to experience this supportive organisation that had looked after us so well. At the same time, we could address the gender gap in this type of role, where currently just 19% are filled by females.
So following a six month programme build, working with a pool of coaches, allies and mentors, we are delighted to launch on International Women’s Day. We are excited step up and support these returners build long term careers in an industry that requires more qualified people, and believe that this pilot is just the beginning.
The idea of the programme is that you don’t need any specific skills at all. As long as you’re motivated by keeping customers happy, are eager to learn, and want to be part of a supportive team, we want to hear from you. The rest of the skills required will be taught during the paid training.
The first question we are always asked by people from outside of the industry! Our technicians look after our customer’s hardware, so put simply, their job is to keep the digital world connected. This could be coordinating with customers to action requests relating to their hardware, providing recommendations, and offering emergency support when needed. Every day will be different and you’ll learn to be an expert problem solver.
We believe that our culture and values are at the heart of our success, and this has been demonstrated time and again during the last couple of challenging years. We know we are only as successful as our people, so strive to offer a supportive and progressive working environment where we actively promote learning and development so our people can grow their careers with us. In addition, we know that no two people are the same so a one-size-fits-all benefits package just doesn’t work. Our flexible benefits let you choose what is important to you.
We actively champion diversity with a series of networks including Black Connect, Equinix Women’s Leadership Network, and Pride Connect.