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Northcoders launches second wave of coding scheme following £1.65m funding

Chris Hill

Northcoders has announced it is launching the second wave of its Excellence Scholarship Scheme after securing a further £1.65m from the Department of Education.

The software coding training provider, which is based across Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle, will launch the second wave of its fully-funded scheme which is a Skills Bootcamp in coding and part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs.

The announcement follows its initial roll-out, which started in August last year, with the organisation awarded 294 training programmes on behalf of the Department for Education. 

The aim of the skills bootcamp is to help those who live in the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, the North East and the West and East Midlands to learn the skills needed to become a junior software developer. 

Successful applicants will join the April cohort, which starts on 4th April, and will be taught remotely. The places will be awarded on individual merit and to applicants living in the specified areas. 

Students will also be provided with careers advice, CV writing workshops and provided access to Northcoders’ internal jobs board, where they will be able to view and directly apply for junior software developer roles.

Chris Hill, CEO of Northcoders, said: “Thanks to the new funding, we are delighted to be able to launch the second wave of the scholarship scheme. Since August, we have helped nearly three hundred people kick start a new tech career which demonstrates that the demand is out there. The programme is an amazing opportunity for people with little or no coding experience to enter an exciting and evolving industry.”

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