Digital bootcamp aims to make graduates work-ready

The bootcamp, run by the Institute of Coding and the University of Sunderland, is preparing a pilot scheme for computer science graduates

The University of Sunderland has partnered with the Institute of Coding (IOC) on a digital bootcamp, connecting study and work for computer science graduates.

Aimed at the university’s recent computer science graduates, the bootcamp aims to help develop employment skills, such as interview prep, presentation techniques, and technical ability.

Up to 10 graduates will take part in the project, and will be linked with opportunities from North East companies. Ten companies have already signed up to support graduates through the bootcamp.

Steve Blanks, IOC representative at the University of Sunderland, will oversee the bootcamp. He said: “We are going to take some of our computer science graduates and put them through a number of bootcamps, focusing on their soft and technical skills, their presentation techniques, making sure they are interview-ready, and giving them the mentoring and support they need to get the job they want.

This may be a pilot, but businesses are looking at this programme and they know that those taking part will be able to hit the ground running.
Steve Blanks, University of Sunderland

“Specialist coaches will be brought in to help, and we’ll be using cutting-edge training techniques, like putting the graduates into a ‘simulation agency’ for the day and seeing how they perform.”

The bootcamp is being supported by Digital Union, the largest network of digital, creative and technology businesses in the North East.

“This may be a pilot, but businesses are looking at this programme and they know that those taking part will be able to hit the ground running,” Blanks added.

The scheme is currently in its pilot phase, and if successful, could be rolled out across the UK.

More information on the Institute of Coding and their work with UK universities can be found at instituteofcoding.org


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