Countdown to the New Year

What a year that was!

It’s been yet another year of lockdown and a lack of live meetups. It’s also been great that we’ve managed to keep things running and stay engaged with a lot of our members, through the workshop Wednesday’s events or through simple support calls and signposting on the site. We realise it’s not been easy, either for us or all our support groups (code hub and others) and also for our members. We’re therefore like to invite you along for a quick catch up or Extraordinary General Meeting on the 12th instead of the Workshop Wednesday. The Details are on our page here. Please feel free to come along and find out more or have your say on this as we need feedback to gauge interest on the subjects and what people want from us.

Some other groups to get involved with

As its been Christmas and we’ve been putting our feedup .. and cooking a lot! We thought we would send you some links to round up some places to look at if you want to look at a life in tech. The others of interest are on our website training page.

Governement funded free bootcamps

Skills Bootcamps offer free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks. They are available for adults aged 19 or over who are either in work or recently unemployed and live in England. Some Skills Bootcamps have additional eligibility criteria.

Apprenticeship Levy courses

Information on being an apprentice

Higher apprenticeships go from level 4 to 7 and are equivalent to a foundation degree and above. Degree apprenticeships are available at levels 6 and 7 and are equivalent to a full bachelor’s and Master’s. They combine work with study and may include a work-based, academic or combined qualification or a professional qualification relevant to the industry.

Information on using the levy as a company

Guidance on how to use the apprenticeship service to access funds to pay for apprenticeship training. We also are friendly with an apprenticeship company who can help you set up and find apprenticeships. Contact us on for details.

Our Candidates

If you are interested in any of our candidates please contact us at to discuss. If any of you are looking for jobs then feel free to send us your requirements and we can put you on our candidate’s list.

Currently we have a front end React developer with UX and UI experience and Cyber knowledge looking for a new role and interested in being in a company setting rather than a consultancy. More details next week.

Job(s) of the Week

There are some top jobs from our clients wanting to make a difference and ensure that they reach out to recruit a more diverse workforce. Please take a look and contact them if you are interested as often companies are open to discussing other openings with potential candidates also. We have some new ones coming in this week and will update you when they arrive. For now check out all of the jobs on our jobs board and get in touch if you want to reach out to our members at

Our Events

We’re taking a break for Christmas and will be back in the new year – we’ll start off with an Extraordinary General meeting on January the 12th where we’d like members to pop along and let us know what you want from us this coming year. We do have an option to go back to Desklodge and run live but want to understand your views on this, as discussed above.


No more conferences this year that we’ve spotted, so take a break and put your feet up – we’re sure they’ll be racing back in in the new year!

As a suggestion from one of our lovely members (Thanks Gabs #1!), we have also set up a “buymeacoffee” page for those wanting to give us a small thank-you. Check it out here.

Women’s Tech Hub products

Candidates page advertises the skillsets of the women we have looking for roles in the area (and some of our male allies).

Jobs Board for those wanting to advertise specifically to our members in the area – check it out here.