A KNUTSFORD-based software business has launched a scholarship scheme aimed at encouraging young women in the area to pursue a career in technology.

The initiative from PortSwigger, based in Bexton Road, will create opportunities for young women to kick-start their tech career, through financial support at university and paid work.

The scheme is aimed at those currently studying their A-levels and considering a career in the technology sector.

For a typical student who takes full advantage of the work opportunities on offer, the total reward over the course of the scholarship would be in the region of £70,000.

Dafydd Stuttard, PortSwigger's founder, said: "We're very excited to be launching this fantastic initiative, aimed at encouraging more young women to pursue a career in technology.

"Women are seriously under-represented in software engineering, which is a great shame.

"They are missing out on a fulfilling and rewarding career, and we are missing out on the huge contribution that they could bring to our industry."

Mary Followell, director of engineering at PortSwigger, said: "At PortSwigger, we work on some really interesting problems, with really exceptional people.

"We create a custom development plan for our less experienced joiners – it's always incredible to watch them develop and flourish.

"We're a highly supportive team and we look after each other, so if you thrive on learning new things, solving interesting problems, and having fun along the way, then PortSwigger is the place to be."