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A free coding bootcamp to help people affected by COVID to transition to new careers in tech

Technology, Diversity & Inclusion, community...

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School of Code is now taking applications for its fourth free coding bootcamp.

West Midlands, UK - September 2020 - After a successful online learning trial during lockdown, the School of Code is going fully remote and has launched a COVID-19 response bootcamp. Taking 48 West Midlands residents from beginner to professional developers in 16 weeks, the course aims to expand and diversify the region’s tech workforce. By helping those individuals affected by the economic crisis, the School of Code aims not only to retrain and upskill it’s recruits but address the local digital skills gap.

Future proofing local tech talent

With rising automation, a changing job landscape, and the economic crisis caused by COVID-19, technology will be the engine driving the recovery of our regional economy. Dr Chris Meah, Founder of the School of Code states ‘we need to make sure everyone is on board to benefit. At the School of Code we are open to everyone to help more and different types of people take advantage of the opportunities technology gives, and to future proof their skills and career.’  School of Code can help address the digital skills shortage by offering individuals the opportunity to retrain and improve their future employment prospects.

School of Code successes

With 125,000 unfilled tech jobs in the UK every year, the School of Code aims to equip its recruits with the skills that industry needs, as well as helping them find exciting career opportunities afterwards. School of Code’s first two cohorts had an enviable 90% employment rate. The course prides itself on being open to anyone, with a 50:50 gender split, age-range of 18-60, and demographics matching those of Birmingham. Previous graduates have successfully secured roles at The Economist, Bravissimo, Santander, and more.

A Partnership with the West Midland Combined Authority

The School of Code is focused on providing a free route into tech, and is supported by the West Midlands Combined Authority through Mayor Andy Street’s “Beat the Bots” fund as well as through employers who hire through the course. They aim to continue to show more people that learning to code is fun, sociable, team-based and for everyone.

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said:  “In the face of the coronavirus pandemic sadly many people are going to fall out of work, but re-training or improving your current skills is a great way of finding employment again quickly. The Coding Bootcamp being offered by School of Code will help do exactly that.

“I would urge everyone of any age to look into the option of coding, and the success of people like Clare Streets, who went from being a stay-at-home mum to now running B13 Technologies, shows just what a difference it can make.”

Spinks, the Official Recruitment Partner for the School of Code

With the challenge of not only producing brilliant tech talent, but also helping to increase diversity and inclusion within the sector, School of Code needed a partner who shared similar values.

Spinks have a real understanding of resourcing challenges, culture, values and changing needs within the tech industry. Their network includes a broad range of clients, from seed-level start-ups to established organisations, enabling them to understand the current and future tech workforce. Not only do Spinks have over 30+ years of experience in Technology recruitment, they also share School of Code’s passion to make tech available to everyone. The partners collaborate throughout the bootcamp to enable Spinks to provide a full recruitment package for the benefit of both bootcampers and employers alike.

Encouraging a diverse workforce

The School of Code hopes to challenge existing stereotypes of the tech sector and encourage diversity in the workplace by making it more accessible for everyone to enter and benefit from this thriving industry. They’ve helped former teachers, return to work parents, school leavers, barbers, retail assistants, artists, travel, health and hospitality workers all learn how to code and change their career paths.

Applications are open now for bootcamp 4 and people are welcome to apply now by visiting: www.schoolofcode.co.uk

If you’re interested in working with the School of Code, please contact Chris Meah: info@schoolofcode.co.uk

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