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Northcoders launches apprenticeship programme to reskill developers for post-COVID economy

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After huge demand – and with upskilling now on many business’ agendas - Northcoders launches coding apprenticeship programme

Following months of consistent growth and a rising number of firms across the North enrolling their employees on its respected upskilling programme, Northcoders – the coding school for the North – is launching a new version of the course called the Upskilling Programme.

The initial cohorts, which will start in mid-December, will see developers deep dive into one of three specific language tracks via dedicated masterclasses for the first time. Participants will be able to focus on GO, Typescript or C#. The curriculum has been carefully curated to upskill the region’s software developers for the post-COVID-19 economy.

This new approach is all about unleashing developers’ productivity with a range of industry-driven structured learning and tech-agnostic masterclasses on topics like cloud operations and testing. It will combine instructor-led workshops, e-learning, mentoring and practical project-based learning.

The course is a 13-month industry led professional training programme, paid for with apprenticeship levy funding, co-investment or levy-transfer. If employers don’t have a levy, they can share the cost with the government. This is called ‘co-investment’ and means the company pays 5% and the government will pay the rest.

The Upskilling Programme was designed to fast-track individuals with a foundation development skill set so that they have the attributes of those in professional level roles within 12-months. It combines the best bits of the Apprenticeship Framework with its DevLabs course in order to create a better way of using the Apprenticeship Levy pot. The Upskilling Programme is the next incarnation of that vision.

Amy Wild – commercial director at Northcoders – said: “We have worked incredibly hard to create a new version of this training programme so it’s exciting that it’s now being launched. Our aim is simple: we want to combine our experience in designing and delivering corporate training with an apprenticeship standard that provides a better way for businesses to fast-track their developers to mid and senior level. The core benefit is that they will be able to build even better tech.

Amy added: Despite the turmoil the world has faced this year, tech has remained one of the most buoyant sectors and its relevance and importance is only set to grow. It’s therefore essential that all industries invest in their tech capabilities and their employees’ skills. Especially as we know that when firms invest in their developers the commercial and cultural value they get in return is far higher.”

Decisions on whether the programme will be fully remote or combine on-campus learning will be made closer to the time and will be based on current government guidance.

The first dates are as follows:

~ 14th December 2020: Upskilling Programme including ‘GO’ Language
~ 11th January 2021: Upskilling Programme including ‘Typescript’ Language
~ 18th January - Upskilling Programme including ‘C#’ Language

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