Exciting opportunities for women in tech
Diversity & Inclusion Attracting more women into technology is an on-going struggle for many businesses, but at Royal Mail it is a challenge Louise Blais is embracing.
Louise Blais has immersed herself in technology all her career and she loves it.
Now Head of Enterprise Architecture Domains for Royal Mail, Blais has worked for Canada Post in her home country and for Accenture and IBM in North America and in the UK. She joined Royal Mail in a permanent role four years ago.
“I spoke at a school career fair recently and at first the only kids who came to see me were boys and many of them were coders"
- Louise Blais
Blais is responsible for determining what technology the business needs today and deciding what it must invest in to meet its future requirements. “These are exciting times for women to work in technology particularly for a company like Royal Mail because the architecture estate is evolving and transforming on a massive scale.” she says. An example is the Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) which is a hand-held scanner used by postmen and women to improve delivery services and support tracking.
“Technology is an integral part of Royal Mail, so we need people to manage it and as part of that we have introduced schemes focused on bringing new colleagues into this part of the business and developing our talent pipeline. As part of our drive to encourage young people to apply for Apprenticeships at Royal Mail, we send ambassadors into schools to talk about the difference technology can make to our business and to society.” says Blais.
“I spoke at a school career fair recently and at first the only kids who came to see me were boys and many of them were coders. As an industry, we need to explain that a career in technology is much broader than that.”
“At an industry level we need to see more women in senior roles”
- Louise Blais
Blais says the gender split in the technology team at Royal Mail has improved. Royal Mail is trying to recruit more female graduates to become engineers and women are supported through the gender networks and successful mentoring schemes.
“Persuading women to enter and stay in the tech sector is difficult and at an industry level we need to see more women in senior roles,” she says.
She is determined to succeed in promoting technology careers to women. “Women bring different ideas to the table at all levels so we need to ask why there are not more women in tech, and I am really proud to be part of these initiatives at Royal Mail” says Blais.