Mayden Academy announces new funding scheme to encourage more women into tech careers

Mayden Widjet

During the week we popped over to have a chat with Mayden about their latest initiatives and were suitably impressed! They are now able to offer apprenticeships and have also got the latest funding to support getting women into Tech (YAY!!). Any companies wanting to talk about getting women into tech then we are happy to talk about how this may fit in with a reskilling or returners programme.

Coding bootcamp Mayden Academy has announced a new funding scheme to encourage more women to embark on careers in coding.  

The scheme will offer female students a 70% reduction in course fees on the Academy’s Full Stack Track – an intensive 16 week training course for aspiring developers from non-tech backgrounds.

The course is designed to cover the most in-demand skills that tech companies are looking for, and teaches the fundamentals of coding for front and back-end, along with user design and agile project management.

Students do not need to have any previous coding experience or a background in tech. To date every graduate has been offered a developer role within 90 days of completing the course.

The scheme is being offered in order to address the need for more diversity in the UK tech industry, as part of the new Women into Digital Jobs, Education and Training (WIDJET) skills programme, run by The West of England Combined Authority with funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

The funding is available on Mayden Academy’s Full Stack Track coding course until February 2020.

Mayden Academy is also offering a series of free coding taster workshops for women to explore whether programming could be the career path for them.

Mike Oram, director of the Academy, said: “We are committed to driving diversity in the tech industry and want to support more women into exciting new careers as software developers – where they can be creative, solve problems, and enjoy new challenges every day. Programming offers so many opportunities to develop and grow in your career, and we believe those opportunities should be open to everyone.”

Mayden Academy joins Bath College, boomsatsuma, Knowle West Media Centre and the Dot Project as WIDJET partners.

West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “Tech businesses have a particular need for skilled employees now, and this demand is expected to grow in the future. Women are currently under-represented in digital roles and this new project will seek to tackle this by working with a wide group of women in communities, with the aim of moving us towards more representative and inclusive employment in digital roles across the region.”

Women who would like to take advantage of this opportunity to change their career can find out more at https://mayden.academy/widjet.

Notes to editors

About Mayden Academy

Mayden Academy teaches people to code, preparing them for new careers as software developers in just 16 weeks. The Academy is one of the top coding training providers in the UK, with a 100% graduation rate and a 100% post-course employment rate.  The Academy is committed to improving diversity in tech, and works with a range of industry partners to improve access and representation.

www.mayden.academy

Please contact margaret.davidson@mayden.academy for further information.

About WIDJET

More details about WIDJET can be found at www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/skills/widjet/ or by emailing – widjet@westofengland-ca.gov.uk

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