Google invite Redruth based Apprentice to break barriers

A St Austell teenager has broken barriers at an event hosted by web giant Google, proving that gender is no obstacle for success in the tech industry.

Jordan Barkway, a 17-year-old Apprentice who works at Bluefruit Software in Redruth, got the opportunity to speak at the South West’s first Google Women Techmakers event.

The Google Techmakers programme provides visibility, community and resources to support gender equality in the tech sector and aims to help women become active role models and leaders in the field.

The event, held in Pool, aimed to inspire, empower and encourage women to work in technology-based fields through a mix of talks, workshops and presentations by strong females in the industry.

Jordan spoke to an audience of over 50 about her journey and experience of studying the Level 4 Apprenticeship in Software Development at Truro and Penwith College and shared her top tips for those who are keen to embark on a career in the tech-industry.

Jordan works as a software developer at Bluefruit Software which specialises in embedded software for a number of applications from wirelessly controlled thermostats in domestic properties to life-saving medical devices, helicopters, and high-performance yachts.

Keen to emphasise that you can enter the tech-industry no matter what your age or gender Jordan said: “I felt it was important to share some of the things I had learnt so far, including to always stay true to yourself, stay connected in terms of communicating and networking, as well as putting yourself forward for things you’ve never done before.”

While at college Jordan initially harboured ambitions to become a pastry chef, but later made the move to Software Development after taking part in a Mission to Mars project by Software Cornwall, and applied for the Apprenticeship at Truro and Penwith, thrilled with the opportunities this has presented already.

She added: “An Apprenticeship had been advised to me as a fantastic way of getting in to the tech industry. I was familiar with Bluefruit as I had previously had work experience with them, so I knew the company was where I wanted to start my career.                                                                      

“I’ve had so many opportunities in my Apprenticeship so far, such as mentoring people similar to myself at the recent Mission to Mars project as well as delivering a lightening talk at the Woman Tech-Maker Event.”

Jordan plans to stay at Bluefruit for the foreseeable future, and fully believes the company has been the catalyst to the very successful start to her career in the tech industry.

If you’re interested in the tech-industry and think an Apprenticeship could be for you, find out more at www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/Apprenticeships or call 01872 242711 to find out more.