IT industry organisation techUK is supporting the government's "Your Life" campaign to encourage greater participation in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) amongst women.

TechUK says it will build on its Women in Tech programme, and as part of supporting the government's campaign will champion women in technology amongst its 850 member companies.

It will also launch a "WalkTall" programme in Summer 2014. This programme will help women who have left the tech industry after a career break to return to the workforce.

It is also committed to challenging industry to share best practice relating to their female population, and will use its involvement in the Code Club to help sustain its 40 percent female participation rate, through recruiting industry volunteers involved in running Code Clubs across the UK.

Sharon Clews, director of people and talent management at techUK, said,"TechUK strongly believes that a gender balanced workforce across the tech sector strengthens the sector's ability to innovate and retain its market position as the cornerstone of industry across global markets.

"By widening the talent pool and encouraging female talent to thrive, the UK information economy will continue to grow in both size and stature."