Beckie set up Tech Returners in 2017 following the birth of her son Ethan to help others who had also experienced a career break and wanted to return to work in tech. Beckie said: “During my career break, I felt I lost my network and skillset, which impacted my confidence. I returned to work believing I couldn’t be the only one who felt like this, so I co-founded Women in Tech North and began speaking openly about my experience.”
Following this, Beckie’s empathy around returners led to her being approached regularly to talk about the lack of support for people returning to or entering tech after a career break and it kick-started a passion which has now grown and is positively impacting the lives of others in a similar situation.
She has been shortlisted in the Women in IT Awards 2017 (Advocate of the Year) and recognised as one of the Top 30 Women in Tech in Greater Manchester. Beckie was also a finalist in the Northern Power Women awards for Innovation.
She said: “Tech Returners is designed to break down the barriers for people returning to, or starting out in tech. We offer an introduction to coding and your journey into coding, as well as leadership mentoring and personal development guidance. The courses and the app are themed around discovering and developing skills, building a new network and embarking on a successful career unique to you. Tech Returners provides a supportive learning environment and shows that it is possible to return; that previous experience and skills are valued and really that we are just here to support you in your journey back to working in tech – whatever form it takes.”