Coding educator plans major recruitment drive

Manny Athwal

A coding educator is looking to create more than 100 new jobs in the next three years as it pushes ahead with expansion plans.

School of Coding Wolverhampton, a coding and computer science educator for children and adults, began from its founder’s bedroom and now is a multi-million-pound organisation.

The firm, founded by Manny Athwal in 2017, has worked with the likes of Toyota, European Council and JP Morgan and is looking to reach £50m turnover within the next five years as it continues to expand.

It currently delivers after-school clubs, coding workshops, holiday clubs, and adult education courses and is now set to launch new courses for teachers across Europe from April 2023 and grow into Sweden, Spain and India.

Athwal said: “We started as a single-man band and are now a multi-million-pound company, employing over 50+ members of staff here in the UK and abroad. We are looking to recruit a further 100 members of staff over the next 36 months here in the UK.

“I think government organisations are recognising what we are trying to do here and bridge the current digital skills gap.

“Our long-term aim is to become a multi-billion pound company that is at the heart of the digital revolution founded in the Midlands”.

As a West Midlands-based business, the School of Coding is keen to offer job opportunities to people in the region as the business continues to grow.

Sandeep Athwal leads recruitment for the company, she said: “These are exciting times in our next growth phase and we will be looking at taking on more teachers, trainers and teaching administrators.

“What is important to us is to be able to create jobs in the local area. We don’t want people to leave this region and seek employment opportunities elsewhere.”

Athwal launched the business after he lost his job working for a large hedge fund back in 2016.

Desperate to provide for his young family, he took whatever work he could to get by but was struggling to make ends meet. At his lowest point, he recalls being unable to afford his train fare home following a long shift at work and spending the night on a train station platform.

Athwal said: “We are trying to encourage people to take up coding to boost their chances of employment.

“Knowing how coding works and how things are built is really important. Not knowing how coding works will be like not knowing how to read or write in the next 10 to 15 years”.