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Workshop: Building your Confidence

  • Amazon Web Services 1 Principal Place Worship Street London EC2A 2BA (map)

Organised By: The Institute of Coding (IoC)

The Institute of Coding (IoC) is one of the largest national collaborations of industry, government, educators and outreach providers working together to respond to the UK’s digital skills gap. As part of that work, we have been looking at the factors that may influence whether a person pursues education and a career in technology. 

Through our partners’ research, we have seen that a common barrier for people working or considering working in technology is a lack of confidence. Many people identify confidence (or lack of) as a significant barrier to entering tech education programmes and careers. Whether it's putting your hand up in class or putting yourself forward for a career opportunity, self-confidence plays a large role.

Join the IoC for a workshop that will help you grow your soft skills, like communicating and presenting, so that your core confidence grows. 

Louisa Preston, a BBC presenter, and Luisa Baldini, a former BBC News correspondent, have joined together to form Composure Media and will deliver this workshop, which is hosted by our partner Amazon Web Services.

Together they bring a combined 40 years of experience broadcasting live to millions of people on the BBC and ITN before that, and will draw on this experience to teach you the strategies and tips that will enable you to communicate well and "own" your moments in front of an audience.

From body language, to crafting the perfect elevator pitch, and understanding the importance of communicating with impact, our hands-on interactive workshop will build confidence and inspire people to be the best version of themselves.


  • Jacqueline de Rojas
    President of techUK and IoC Co-Chair

  • Louisa Preston

    Composure Media

  • Luisa Baldini

    Composure Media

  • Jacqui Chin

    Amazon Director for UK Baby and EU Consumables Programmes

The Institute of Coding

The Institute of Coding (IoC) is a national collaboration that brings together its many partners to break down barriers to digital learning and employment and create the new, skilled digital workforce.

The IoC is focused on providing a fresh and disruptive approach that keeps the focus on diversity and inclusion. This means we work with our partners to:

  • remove the barriers that discourage people from tech education and careers,

  • provide different ways to access digital education, and

  • design events, courses and training that suit the lifestyles of learners

As part of our work to respond to the digital skills gap in the UK, the IoC is committed to increasing diversity both in higher education and in the workplace. Only 17% of people working in technology are female. Confidence is often a reason women and other underrepresented groups don’t feel empowered to pursue education or carers in technology. This event is just one way we’re trying to make a difference.

Our partner Amazon Web Services are kindly hosting this event on our behalf.

Thanks to our media partner WeAreTechWomen for their support.