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Develop Me announce 'Coding Fellowship'

Published on Monday, 30th November 2015, contributed by Develop Me

New Coding Fellowship Helps Unlock Digital Opportunities

This 12 week intensive course in web development aims to tackle the skills gap and increase diversity in the tech sector.

Develop Me, a Bristol-based digital skills school, is launching a 12 week intensive coding school initiative, called the Coding Fellowship, to help individuals learn to code and access careers as web developers.

With the first cohort of fledgling coders starting the programme in April 2016, the Coding Fellowship will run 3 times a year. The project driven course will teach the key coding techniques, tools, technologies and processes, used by professional developers in their day to day working life, to students looking to break into a career in the sector.

The fellowship is developed and delivered by industry experts, with input into the curriculum directly from digital businesses, and is bolstered by valuable industry experience through a work placement with one of the region’s key employers and career support to help secure a job upon graduation. The programme will take students from beginners to professional junior developers in 24 weeks (12 weeks in the taught element of the programme and a further 4 - 12 weeks on placement).

Digital skills shortage is sector’s biggest challenge

The digital and tech sectors are growing exponentially.[see TechNation 2015 report]  Their reach is wider than ever before and they continue to affect and revolutionise the way we live our lives.

However, the number of people entering the industry at a junior level is nowhere near enough to sustain this growth. Almost half of tech city’s businesses cite a lack of skilled workers as their biggest challenge and nearly 8 out of 10 state that this is holding back their growth. This is true both at the national level, and at a regional level, for the digital and creative industries of the south-west region. (Source - Tech Nation Report, ADLIB’s Digital Employment Survey)

Rewarding career with high demand for talent

The many varied roles within the ‘web development’ banner offer countless career opportunities, with demand for all sorts of skills, from front-end developer to user experience researcher and ‘big data’ analyst.

With demand for these skills constantly growing an estimated 5 million new employees will be needed over the next 5 years, with great salaries on offer, enviable benefits and the opportunity to carve out the future, it’s an exciting and innovative industry to be part of. Entry-level developers often earn c.£25k, with many earning £35k+ after only a few years experience in the industry.

Unlocking potential and increasing diversity

The demographics of the tech sector have come under scrutiny in recent months with most of the major players revealing that their workforces are anything but diverse - being predominantly white, middle class and male. (

Building on established, international coding ‘bootcamp’ offerings from New York’s Flatiron School, London’s Makers Academy and Paris’s 42, the Coding Fellowship introduces a model that gives access to those who otherwise might not be able to embark on these careers, with sponsored places available for those most under-represented in the sector.

The jobs within the digital sector need people with creative as well as technical skills, and diverse teams to deliver products and systems for an equally diverse audience.

Industry-relevant skills for everyone’s benefit

The programme is informed by industry to directly reflect their needs and offers a clear route to employment in a high demand, high growth industry that is becoming ever more important to the national economy.

The Coding Fellowship is a project-driven, 12 week intensive course in web development, which has been developed and delivered by industry experts.

This process ensures that the delivered skills are relevant, not only for today’s tech job market, but also tomorrow’s, as digital technology continuously evolves.

Pete New - one of Develop Me’s founders commented:

“With over one million digital jobs advertised nationally in 2014 and a 5.4% growth predicted over the next 5 years, the industry needs to be adopting and encouraging new routes into the sector. Our ‘Coding Fellowship’ is a fast track into a career in one of the most exciting and innovative industries of our times. With the fellowship, and the support of industry, we hope to start chipping away at the skills gap and increasing diversity in the digital industries.”

The first intake of the Coding Fellowship will get started in Spring 2016, applications are open now.

If you would like to find out more about sponsoring a diversity place on the programme, offering a work placement or applying for a place on the coding fellowship head to their new website (

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