Wednesday 1st September
The School of Code is taking its ground-breaking, successful model of helping everyone launch technology careers and launching its free coding bootcamps across the country. Starting on 15th November 2021, the Skills Bootcamp in software development will be full-time, intensive, and 100% FREE to residents of five English regions, including the West Midlands. This expansion is in partnership with the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs. To apply for the School of Code’s life-changing bootcamp, there are no prerequisites, no previous experience required - those applying for the course don’t even need to have seen a line of code before. School of Code takes a learner from beginner to software developer in just 16 weeks before helping them find their first role in tech. Already this year, during the pandemic lockdowns, they have successfully helped 62 people go from 0 to programmer and started their professional tech careers. Now they are looking to help 192 people across the country start new careers by April 2022.
Future proofing local tech talent across five regions
With rising automation, a changing job landscape, and the economic crisis caused by COVID-19, technology will help revive the national economy. Dr Chris Meah, Founder of the School of Code states “Technology will be the engine of recovery for the country, but we need to make sure everyone is on board to benefit. At the School of Code we are free and open to everyone to remove barriers for people. Our mission is to help more and different types of people take advantage of the opportunities technology gives, and to future proof their skills and career. We believe talent can come from anywhere. Money shouldn’t be a barrier to accessing
life-changing educational opportunities. That’s why we provide a free route taking people from knowing nothing about technology to becoming world-class tech talent, and partner with employers to help land people into jobs and make our new model of education sustainable. Skills Bootcamps offer a short, intensive, immersive and transformational learning sprint to a new career. The experience helps to change lives and power growth by giving participants the right skills to be immediately useful to employers on day one. But crucially our bootcampers also learn how to learn.”
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 Skills Bootcamp in software development being offered by School of Code will help many do exactly that.”
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 cohorts had an enviable 85% employment rate even during the COVID-19 pandemic. The course prides itself on being open to anyone, with diversity in each cohort, a 50:50 gender split and an age-range of 18-60. The School of Code has helped former teachers, return to work
parents, school leavers, refugees, bakers, unemployed people, barbers, retail assistants, musicians, artists, air hostesses, beauticians, personal trainers, PhDs, probation officers, health and hospitality workers all learn how to code and change their career paths. Previous graduates have successfully secured roles at employer partners
including The Economist, Bravissimo, Santander, Gymshark, Wise, and many more.
Andy Britcliffe, Purplebricks Chief Digital Officer, comments, "School of Code's work is especially relevant in the current climate when many people are thinking about
retraining but don’t have the money or know where to start. Purplebricks is always on the hunt for top tech talent and the School of Code graduates are extremely
"I had been worried that at the age of 50 I would find it difficult to get into another career, but this hasn't been the case. The School of Code gave me a lot of confidence that I could change my career." ~ Graduate Kira Green, Software Developer at Percayso.
"Before the School of Code Bootcamp, I was working as a chef in a theatre. I would spend 9-12 hours in the kitchen with barely any days off. I pursued culinary arts because of my passion for food. But the hours were unsociable and I became less motivated. The School of Code has now given me so much more than a new skill set and career perspective, it's given me a new drive in my life, new friends and a great memory!" ~ Graduate Duy Khang Khuat, Junior QA Engineer at Huel
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. A Partnership with the Department of Education The School of Code is focused on providing a free route into tech, and is supported through the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, helping everyone gain the skills they need to secure good jobs, no matter their stage in life or area in which they live. The massive investment in lifelong learning will put skills and technical education at the heart of communities, helping everyone go as far as their talent and ambition will take them.
To support this goal, School of Code aims to continue to show more people that learning to code is fun, sociable, team-based and for everyone by offering the course in four new regions - the North West, East Midlands, London and the South East alongside its current base in the West Midlands. Applications to the Skills Bootcamps are welcome from anyone aged 19 or above and looking to quickly increase their coding skills to fast-track into a new career in tech.
To apply for the Skills Bootcamp starting in November, please visit the School of Code’s website: www.schoolofcode.co.uk