Northcoders addresses demand for developers

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Northcoders addresses demand for developers

Northcoders, based in Manchester, is making learning to code accessible to more people with a new part-time six-month course starting in November.

The 25-week long Accelerate Flex programme is a remotely taught JavaScript course. It is designed to get passionate beginners into entry-level software engineering roles.

Created to help satisfy the rapidly increasing demand for developers in Manchester and the North of England, the course aims to give adults of any age and from any walk of life the opportunity to learn coding to an industry standard level.

The focus of these sessions will be mentorship. Each student will be allocated a mentor and be given remote support from the teaching team. There will be two hours of video based lectures a week that can be watched on demand at a time that best suits the learner.

Following the success of Northcoders intensive 12-week course launched in April 2016, the training school has now moved to Federation House in Manchester city centre.  The new premises offer 4,000 sq ft of workspace and include a small lecture theatre. 

Of the students that have so far graduated from Northcoders’ full-time Accelerate course, 91% have become employed as software developers in a range of companies including web development agencies, technology consultancies, and innovative startups.

Last year Northcoders also fully funded nine scholarships for women, to encourage more women into the sector. With Accelerate Flex, graduates receive the same one-to-one career support and are matched with hiring partners after the course ends.  

James Brooke, Co-founder of Northcoders said: “Our aim is to provide much needed tech talent to help assist businesses in the North thrive. Anyone of any age, gender, race or background can learn to code. We live in an incredibly diverse city and the life situations of people who live here are just as diverse.  Not everyone can commit to a full-time programme. 

“With this in mind, we’ve designed a course following the same curriculum that allows for flexible working and remote learning over a six-month period. We’ll continue to adapt to help support everyone who wants to get into the tech industry to do so. 

“What has been particularly rewarding is the response from our graduates who really wanted to help mentor the Accelerate Flex students. We’re starting to create a community which is keen to share experience and knowledge with others which is fantastic to see as it fits so well with our core values.”