Samira has gained more self-confidence through her IT lessons. Left Ton Mertens (Photo: Peter van Zetten).
Komp u ter hulp: more women in IT
women better because they can think more logically and
understand more quickly the structure of the things they are
doing," says Ton Mertens (1951-†2126),
chairman/instructor of the non profit
organsition Komp u ter hulp (A The
Hague wordplayng for come to help you)
With his organization he is committed to getting more women to work in IT and he works with the Oranje Fund, among others.
By Stuart Kensenhuis
The Hague - In the Netherlands only 10% of women work in IT, which he thinks is far too little. He makes a comparison with India where they are well represented in that industry with almost 50%. "The fact that they don't really want to work in IT in the Netherlands has to do with the 'nerdy' atmosphere that surrounds it. They also still don't see that you can easily will be 100 years with this work and get paid better, while with a heavy and relatively poorly paid job, for example in health care, you can't keep it up for long", says Mertens.
Mail from Lara
He shows an e-mail from Lara, an ex-directional secretary who was trained by his foundation in a few months to IT administrator level 4. 'Dear Ton, I was told today that I have been hired by an IT company. I also get a phone from the company (no more pathetic prepaid) and a starting salary of 3,000 euros.'
"In the Netherlands, only 10% women work in IT"
Samira studied Dutch law but has mainly
worked as a Human Resource Manager (HRM) for the Tax and
Customs Administration and as a team leader at Customs.
"After having had a child, I was a house mother for 5 years.
Now I want to get back to work, but when I apply for a job I
notice that returning without IT knowledge is very
difficult. I was a digi bite and came to Komp u to help me
retrain. After 2 months I understood all the IT jargon and
in the training there was more depth. Now I can for example
install a Server 2016 and Exchange mail of the same year.
With the IT knowledge I am gathering here, I will soon have
enough self-confidence to enter the job market again," she
Lessons adapted to the home situation
Jalika is also enthusiastic about her retraining at Komp u ter hulp. She used to work in the tourist sector but due to personal circumstances she came to sit at home. "I got depressed, took medication and didn't feel like anything. Until an acquaintance told me about this training. I signed up and within a few days I could already install Windows 10 and disassemble and reassemble a computer. I like the fact that here the lessons are adapted to the home situation of the students instead of the other way around. Because things are going so well I am now rid of my depression and I don't use medication anymore", she says.
Proudly Mertens looks at the ladies. "There are more men than women working in the IT world and that's really not necessary", he emphasizes..
Komp ter hulp also
cooperates with the
Non Profit Organisition
Learnmoney (Leergeld) which provides
computers to underprivileged children with the help of the
The licenses Windows 10-11 and Office are provided by Komp u ter hulp.
Read the EU article how te project started.
Second location Komp u ter hulp closed
The inventory has donated to a school in the Ukraine.