mkodo, a Pollard Banknote subsidiary, has been shortlisted for the Best Graduate Employer award at the Women in Tech (WIT) Employer Awards 2022.
The honour celebrates employers who work to close the gender gap within the technology sector, providing opportunities to female science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates.
mkodo has been shortlisted for its Evolve Scheme Programme, which focuses on “investing in the next generation of talented individuals seeking to build their careers in the mobile applications technology field”.
The winner of the award will be announced at an event in London on May 26.
Margaret Proven, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Pollard Banknote, commented: “On behalf of Pollard Banknote, I congratulate mkodo on this well-deserved recognition by the prestigious WIT Employer Awards.
“Empowering and elevating women in the technology sector is of the utmost importance to us, and we are proud of mkodo’s steadfast advocacy for diversity in the workplace.”
According to Pollard, many female employees have indicated their participation in the programme was a “catalyst for their careers in the technology field post-grad”.
The programme includes development in multiple coding languages, quality assurance and business analysis over a period of 12-18 months.
“Following completion of the Evolve Scheme Programme in 2017, I started as an Android Engineer at mkodo, where I was able to work on various client projects including Bingo and lottery applications,” said Allison McGlen, Principal Engineer at mkodo.
“In 2019, I was given the amazing opportunity of working on a prototype app for a prospective Canadian lottery client, which included a trip to Canada. This turned out to be a driving force for my career at mkodo, as I was given a Lead Engineer role to develop the full Android app alongside a superstar team.”
Last month, Pollard published its full-year accounts for FY2021, with Co-CEO John Pollard declaring it a “very successful” year.