Apple to tutor women in tech in bid to diversify industry

Apple is launching a new program designed to address the technology industry's scarcity of women in executive and computer programming jobs.

Under the initiative, female entrepreneurs and programmers will attend two-week tutorial sessions at the company's Cupertino, California, headquarters.

The camps will be held every three months beginning in January. For each round, Apple will accept up to 20 app makers founded or led by a woman. The app maker must have at least one female programmer in its ranks to qualify. Apple will cover travel expenses for up to three workers from each accepted company.

Like other major tech companies, Apple has been trying to lessen its dependence on men in high-paying programming jobs. According to the company's latest breakdown, women filled just 23 percent of Apple's technology jobs in 2017. That's only a slight improvement from 20 percent in 2014, despite the company's pledge to diversify its workforce.

Dawn Kamber