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Developing Opportunities in Tech

Published on Monday, 10th April 2017, contributed by Develop Me

Bristol-based digital skills school Develop Me have recently partnered with social enterprise EdAid with a mission to ‘level the playing field for talented, ambitious students to access affordable training or higher education; and showcase their potential to future employers.”

Develop Me’s 12-week intensive Coding Fellowship Programme - which runs four times per year - delivers expert level and industry relevant digital skills training; with a direct route into employment for their graduates.

Develop Me’s mission is to create and connect the talent directly to employment opportunities by challenging the existing models of educational provision. As part of this mission, Develop Me are working hard as a business to explore and provide opportunities for everyone to have access to this type of training. Whether this be through a variety of finance options or through modular, after work, part-time or evening training programmes - which plan to launch this Summer.

The new partnership with EdAid providing access to their crowdfunding platform - will offer an interest-free alternative to traditional student loans. Develop Me believe very strongly that nobody should get ‘left behind’ in the ‘new economy’. As the digital revolution increasingly touches every aspect of our lives, the UK needs a technology workforce that reflects the full diversity of the people who use that technology.

Following just one cohort of students being put through their paces in the 12-week course, there’s plenty of success stories that should have the local tech community holding out hope for a future in which the South West skills gap begins to close.

Kiran Bilon – who was in Develop Me’s first cohort – is now on placement with Bristol-based digital marketing agency Proctor + Stevenson. Check out what she has to say about her experience in the video below:

Simon Capet, who also attended the first Coding Fellowship, came from a non-technical arts background and anticipated the course might help him to gain an internship without going through the lengthy process of gaining a degree or formal higher qualification. In fact, he ended up working in a paid developer role at Bristol-based analytics company On Corps after just 12 weeks of training. He talks about his journey more in the video below:

As well as providing the course itself, and new finance opportunities with EdAid, Develop Me has been working with local companies to help find work placements for its students thereby providing skills, access to finance and employment opportunities all in one programme.

You can hear what local digital agency Nudge Digital have to say about its experience offering work placements for students on the Coding Fellowship course in the video below:

From the experiences of both those interested in becoming developers and those trying to recruit them, Develop Me’s Coding Fellowship programme is having an impact with impressive results and now you can crowdfund your way to a new career in code.

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You can find out more about the Coding Fellowship on the Develop Me website and find out if it’s right for you by attending a free introductory Coding Fellowship evening.

Check out the Develop Me/EdAid page and other funding options and you can follow them on Twitter here: @develop_me_uk to stay up to date with all courses, events and news.