Leeds-based Northcoders – one of the UK’s leading independent providers of training programmes for software coding – is to open a brand new training hub in Birmingham city centre that will deliver the company’s range of bootcamp courses across the Midlands.
The new site, which will open on May 3, will be in Spaces at The Mailbox on Commercial Street and will have dedicated office space. Staff and students will also have access to the available expansive co-working areas.
The launch of the hub is as a result of the recent increase in demand for technology training and upskilling in the region. The centre will facilitate the flexibility of hybrid teaching both online and in person, with access available immediately.
Founded in 2015, Northcoders is a market leading provider of B2B and B2C coding and software development training to companies and individuals across the UK. Its business model operates a hybrid structure from its existing hubs in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.
Powered by IP rich technology, Northcoders’ coding school offers bootcamp courses to consumers from a range of backgrounds, delivered through virtual and physical learning. It also works with blue chip corporates across multiple sectors to supply innovative EdTech solutions for the upskilling and reskilling of employees and it is a registered provider of government-backed apprenticeships in the field.
With a keen focus of inclusivity, diversity and quality at its core, Northcoders aims to address the digital skills gap in the UK to meet the increasing demand for digital specialists from corporates and government. It operates in a significant and growing market with structural growth trends further accelerated by Covid-19.
Since its inaugural course in 2015, Northcoders has helped over 1,000 people switch careers into tech, with average starting salaries of £25,500.
Over the past few years, it has been selected as one of the country’s brightest tech stars in Creative England’s CE50 list and was named Business of the Year at the 15th Annual Chamber Business Awards.
It has also launched 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. Northcoders floated on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market in July 2021.
Chris Hill, chief executive officer, said: “Birmingham and the wider Midlands region has a strong tech scene so this was the next natural step in our growth following the opening of our sites in Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle.
“The demand for digital skills and upskilling is only going to increase over the next few years so the focus for us will be on ensuring that our Birmingham hub delivers the education and technology training that will help businesses, individuals and the region’s economy to thrive.”