Intel’s foray into cultural diversity has received a major boost through a US$300 million education, training and recruitment program for women and minorities.
This latest funding, announced by Intel US CEO Brian Krzanich, calls on the technology sector to develop more culturally-diverse programs through to 2020.
Over the next five years, Intel is fast-tracking a new program that helps minorities and women gain broader representation inside technology companies.
This Diversity in Technology initiative calls on other members of the high-tech sector to match staffing with a more realistic representation of population, demographics and cultural nuances.
Intel says it will achieve this broader representation by increasing its internal hiring, progression and retention of minority and female staff programs.
Intel CEO Krzanich said a five-year program lays the groundwork for more diversified representation across the industry. This especially applies to the engineering and computer science fields.
New resources will be used to actively support programs that encourage a more positive representation, he said. There is renewed focus on increased hiring and training of the under-represented groups.
Among the alliances, Intel is teaming with US partners including the E-Sports League and the National Center for Women in Technology. The company also plans to work with higher and primary education institutions towards making the necessary changes.
The lack of diversity in the technology sector has “gained increasing notoriety,” says Intel. Several companies have released reports on their internal demographics. “It’s encouraging to see companies take steps towards remedying this issue – here’s to hoping these lead to palpable changes,” said Krzanich.
Not cookie-cutter organisation
In an earlier interview with Australian Reseller News Intel Australia’s Managing Director, Kate Burleigh, credited the company with being a culturally-diverse organisation.
Burleigh said that exceptionally good role models and managers can help shape leadership styles. A company like Intel values the people in the organisation and works to promote talent and create new leadership roles.
Intel Australia is not a cookie-cutter organisation, Burleigh said. “We are not all cut from the same cloth. We are quite a diverse group of people.”
She noted that the Intel team is a bit of a motley crew in a way. “There’s a lot of diversity in characters and human nature. You’ve got the geekiest geeks and the ultimate fashionistas and everything else in between.”
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