Coding bootcamp Northcoders celebrates 1st anniversary with expansion
Northcoders, the coding bootcamp, has announced expansion plans as it celebrates its first year in operation at The Sharp Project, Manchester’s digital and creative complex. Due to overwhelming demand for their intensive 12-week course, they have doubled the size of each cohort and created a second classroom to accommodate the extra 20 students. The company, which runs a course every 3 months, has also taken extra office space in one of the converted shipping containers.
Established to help satisfy the rapidly increasing demand in Manchester for developers, the course aims to give individuals of any age the opportunity to learn coding to an industry standard level. Of the students that have so far graduated, 80 per cent have become employed in a range of companies from web development agencies and data companies to start-ups.
James Brookes, Co-founder of Northcoders said: “There is a massive need for talented developers with nearly half UK companies in the sector desperate to fill multiple vacancies. We’re helping plug that skills gap. More than a million new digital jobs are being created every year and many of them will be in the north-west and east of England. That’s why we chose Manchester for our first bootcamp. And the obvious place in Manchester for us was The Sharp Project. It was absolutely the right choice and we’re extremely excited to be expanding our facilities here.”
Chris Hill, Northcoders Co-founder added: “We are also very committed to teaching more women to learn to code. It will redress the balance and create a healthier and more natural working environment. We believe balanced teams are better teams. We have a female tutor, Harriet Ryder 26, and last year offered nine #womenintech scholarships for women, 8 of whom have got jobs as software developers.”
Adrian Bleasdale, chief executive of The Sharp Project added: “Northcoders is a great addition to our tenant portfolio and a huge asset to have onsite. What’s great is that Northcoders encourages people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds to come together and learn skills that will change their lives. Making the creative and digital sector more accessible and developing Manchester’s talent pipeline are key aims for The Sharp Project and the fact Northcoders share our ethos is fantastic. We wish them continued success.”