Female Coders

Funded coding scholarships aim to level the field in tech

Coding bootcamp Northcoders and global technology consultancy Thoughtworks have once again teamed up to offer scholarships for individuals from groups that are currently underrepresented in the tech industry.

Four fully-funded scholarships will provide successful applicants with a place on a 12-week full-time coding course to take place at a Northcoder campus in Leeds or Manchester.

The scholarships are being offered to women and gender minority groups - those who identify as non-binary, transgender or intersex – and it is hoped the opportunities will help them to establish careers within the sector.

Successful candidates will have their £6,000 course costs covered and will also receive a £2,000 bursary for living costs.

The code courses will give individuals the chance to acquire skills beyond those expected for entry-level software developer roles in addition to learning coding to industry-standard level.

After course completion, the graduates will also enjoy support from Northcoders to find a job within the tech industry.

Applications for the scholarships are now open and places will be awarded in July with courses due to take place in August or September.

“Diversity and inclusion are close to our hearts at Northcoders,” said Amul Batra, Director of Northhcoders.

“It’s fantastic that ThoughtWorks shares our commitment to creating routes into tech for people from diverse walks of life and for those who are underrepresented in the industry.

“These four scholarships will be a springboard to a fulfilling career and will, I’m sure, help the recipients reach their full potential.”

Amy Lynch, Head of Diversity & Inclusion at global software company Thoughtworks, added: “Technology plays a huge part in our world - it underpins how we learn, how we live and how we interact with one another.

“We believe it’s crucial that the people creating this technology reflect the whole of society.

“That’s why ThoughtWorks is offering four fully-funded scholarships to women and gender minority people who want to kick-start their careers in tech.

“The scholarships will offer financial and mentoring support, as well as the opportunity to progress into a role at ThoughtWorks.”

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