Northcoders launches fully-funded Skills Bootcamp

Chris Hill

Northcoders is launching fully-funded Skills Bootcamp in coding – part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs – for North West residents

The firm provides training programmes for software coding from its regional hubs in Manchester and Leeds.

In July this year the business raised £3.5m by floating on the Alternative Investment Market, valued at 12.5m, to fund its ambitions to expand its regional hubs.

Following the Prime Minister’s ‘levelling up’ speech last month, Northcoders has launched its 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 the North West to become the tech leaders of tomorrow.

Places will be awarded on individual merit, and to qualify, applicants must be a resident of the North West. Successful applicants, who will join the September cohort which starts on September 20, and will be taught remotely, will not be charged any fees and there will be no hidden costs to pay.

In just 13 weeks, participants will learn the skills needed to become a junior software developer. The programme will be taught in JavaScript.

However, Northcoders’ says its 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 more than 800 people switch careers into technology, with average starting salaries of around £25,500 – 95% of Northcoders secure a software engineering role after graduation.

Chief executive, Chris Hill, said: “The launch of the Northcoders Excellence Scholarship is a really exciting opportunity for people right across the North West 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.”