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Co Down tech firm commits to welcoming more women to workforce

By Rachel Martin

A Co Down IT firm has said it will do more to encourage women to work in science, technology, engineering and maths. Holywood-based Synergy Learning has signed up to the Equality Commission's STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) charter to improve the gender balance in its workplace.

The initiative aims to raise the profile of women in STEM industries, highlighting their successes and providing opportunities to meet others in similar roles.

Around 29% of the firm's employees are women, compared to an industry average of 16-17%. 

Caroline Kennedy joined Synergy nine years ago on an internship and is now a senior web designer.

She said: "I've benefited from the ethos of the company, which sees learning and development as key for all employees equally. And I feel supported by the company's approach to work-life balance, flexible working patterns and, for working parents, childcare vouchers.

"I also feel valued and encouraged and able to give my very best at work."

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