Northcoders launches coding bootcamp as part of gov’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee

The fully-funded programme will deliver professional training to residents of Yorkshire and The Humber, the North East, and the East and West Midlands

Following the prime minister’s promise to deliver a “skills revolution” back in May this year, software development company Northcoders has launched a fully-funded Skills Bootcamp in coding as part of the government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs.

Called the Northcoders Excellence Scholarship, the programme is open to residents of Yorkshire and The Humber, the North East, and the East and West Midlands, and places will be awarded on individual merit. Those who succeed will join next month’s cohort (starting 9 August) and will be taught remotely. The programme is offered free of charge with no hidden fees.

The flexible Bootcamp programme runs for 16 weeks, giving participants the chance gain job-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer. Just 14 weeks into the programme, students will have gained all the necessary skills required for a role as a junior software developer. The course will be taught in JavaScript, but Northcoders’ tutors are experts in a range of coding languages, allowing them to teach in a way that makes learning new languages natural.

Bootcamp participants are also offered careers advice and CV writing workshops, as well as gaining access to Northcoders’ internal jobs board, where they will be able to view and directly apply for junior software developer roles.

“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” – Chris Hill, Northcoders

Applicants must be 19 or over to be eligible for the programme, and can be in full- or part-time work, self-employed, recently unemployed or returning to work after a break, and looking to quickly build their skills in a specific area and fast-track into a new career.

On the programme, Chris Hill, CEO of Northcoders, commented: “The launch of the Northcoders Excellence Scholarship is a really exciting opportunity for people right across the North and the Midlands. 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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