With the UK in the midst of a digital skills shortage as well as The Great Resignation, it is a prime time for people to be making career changes and considering new avenues of work. Technology has been an increasingly popular option for people over the past decade, with the huge increase in start-ups and the easier entry point, with many tech careers not requiring a degree qualification. Technology has often been a more male-led field too, with many companies and individuals now pushing for greater diversity in the sector. For those considering a career change or looking at companies to find talent from, here’s our top selection.
Code First Girls believe that tech shouldn’t just be a boy’s club. It’s a social enterprise tackling this issue by supporting young and professional women to develop further personal and professional skills (such as technical skills in coding and programming); connecting women to a community of other talented and likeminded women and companies who can support and accompany them through their professional development; and helping companies train and upskill their people, as well as develop their talent management policies and processes so they don’t miss out on amazing female tech talent. The social enterprise has taught more than 30,000 women to code in the last few years, delivered £25 million of free education, and helped companies to recruit better tech talent into their firms.
Le Wagon runs immersive coding bootcamps that teach people the skills and entrepreneurial mindset they need to thrive now and in the future. They offer both full time and part-time courses in coding, web development and data science, with campus locations across the world that have taught more than 10,000 people.
CodeClan is Scotland’s first and only SQA accredited digital skills academy on a mission to help bridge the digital skills gap in Scotland’s growing tech industry. Through its range of digital training courses, it is helping to transform the careers of hundreds of professionals across Scotland and delivering a steady pipeline of talent to their growing network of employer partners. The immersive courses and employer partner programme provide job opportunities for around 400 graduates every year, meaning they’re creating real impact and delivering immediate value to Scotland’s growing digital economy.
CodeYourFuture is a UK based non-profit organisation that trains some of the most deprived members of society to become web developers and helps them to find work in the tech industry. The organisation’s students are trained in full-stack web development by volunteers from the tech industry, putting a strong emphasis on collaboration and product development through tech projects. It is a true tech-for-good initiative.
London-based 01 Founders is a free-to-access coding school that also comes with a job guarantee. The company helps people become world-class software engineers through a two-year peer-based training programme with a specialisation in AI, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Gaming, or AR and VR. The 01 Founders Fellowship is open to anyone 19 years old and over, and no prior coding experience or academic qualifications are required to apply.
CodeOp was founded in 2018 to help solve the gender disparity problem in the tech space. It is the first international tech school for women (embracing women, transgender, and non-binary individuals) who want to transition to or upskill in tech. It provides a safe space, training, and resources that are needed to encourage, support and equip women with the skills needed to thrive in tech and change the industry. The company has courses in full stack development, data science, and product management, which are offered remotely or in Barcelona and Malaysia.
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