Northcoders launches fully funded Skills Bootcamp in coding

Coding students

Following the Prime Minister’s ‘levelling up’ speech last week, Northcoders – the leading coding software development training and solutions provider – has launched a brand new, fully funded Northcoders Excellence Scholarship scheme which is a Skills Bootcamp in coding and is part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs.

Its aim is to help passionate and capable people who live in Yorkshire and The Humber to become the tech leaders of tomorrow.

Places will be awarded on individual merit, and to qualify, applicants must be a resident of Yorkshire and The Humber. Successful applicants, who will join the August cohort which starts on August 9 and will be taught remotely, will not be charged any fees and there will be no hidden costs to pay.

Skills Bootcamps are flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector specific skills and fast track to an interview with a local employer. In just 14 weeks, participants will learn the skills needed to become a junior software developer. The programme will be taught in JavaScript.

However, Northcoders’ tutors are experts in a range of languages so they teach in a way that makes learning new languages natural. Three in four Northcoders graduates code in a language other than JavaScript.

Students will also be provided with careers advice, CV writing workshops and given access to Northcoders’ internal jobs board, where they will be able to view and directly apply for junior software developer roles.Applicants must be aged 19 or over.

They can be in work, self-employed, recently unemployed or returning to work after a break, and looking to quickly increase their skills in a specific area and fast-track into a new job.

Northcoders was established in 2015, and since then it has helped over 800 people switch careers into technology, with average starting salaries of around £25,500. 95 per cent of Northcoders secure a software engineering role after graduation.

In 2018, Northcoders was named Business of the Year at the 15th Annual Chamber Business Awards. It also runs scholarship schemes and a deferred payment programme aimed at women and gender minorities, as well as those who identify as BAME or LGBTQ+, have a disability or have had limited access to education, to help address diversity in tech.

Chris Hill, CEO of Northcoders, said: “The launch of the Northcoders Excellence Scholarship is a really exciting opportunity for people right across the region.

“It will allow those with little or no coding experience to forge a new career in what is an exciting and incredibly diverse industry. The aim of the programme, which is open to everyone regardless of their background, is to create the software developers and tech stars of the future.”

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