Newcastle-based IT training and resource provider Dev Academy aims to offer prospective software developers an alternative route into the technology industry, delivering a free coding course that prepares students for entry-level jobs within some of the region’s largest blue-chip organisations.
Graduates have landed junior roles within the likes of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Accenture, as well as a number of SME’s around the region.
Aiden Fox Nicholson, who left Gateshead College last year, said: "I found out about the Dev Academy training course when I was in my last week of college.
“The training developed my skills, and after completion I was offered a job with HPE - that was 10 months ago."
Aiden now continues to work for the IT provider and hopes to work his way up to management level over the next 5 years.
Another young developer to land a role within the blue-chip company is Chantelle Brown, who deferred a place at University in order to undertake the course.
She said: "I was lucky enough to be offered a place on the training and met some amazing people as well as furthered my knowledge.
“I was offered a role at HPE and 10 months later I still love my job. It's an amazing opportunity to help kick start my career and its one more female technician in the IT sector."
Philip Lewis of Bedlington, who is set to start a new role at Accenture this month, said: “If you want a career in IT but lack the experience needed to get a foothold, then this is the course for you. Technology changes so quickly and so you have to keep up-to-date on the latest trends and practice your skills in your own time.”
The free to attend bootcamp prepares hopefuls by giving them the relevant skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed. The next courses will take place in Newcastle and Leeds this Autumn.
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