Launch your tech career with our free 12 week course
We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn to code, regardless of their postcode.
Recode provides a free coding education for individuals who belong to under represented groups within the technology industry and to anyone for whom adversity or financial hardship acts as a barrier to entry.
Our 14 week, full-time and onsite course will help you launch a new career in software engineering. Upon completion of the course we will work hard to help you find your next role in your new field. Once you are part of our community you will continue to enjoy the benefit of our network.
To be eligible for our programme you:
- Must be over 18 years of age
- Be able to commute to Bolton Town Centre
- Able to dedicate 14 weeks. Between working hours 9.30AM - 4.30PM, Monday to Friday to learning a new skill set worth £6000.
Next round of applications coming soon
Your journey from zero-knowledge to junior developer
We’re looking for mentors / volunteers
We need technical and non-technical volunteers to help us deliver impact.
For those that are technical, your unique knowledge of the tech landscape, your experience of the industry and your pathway into the industry is so important at the early stages of our aspiring students.
Your role will consist of circulating around the room, giving advice and guidance to those who need it. Feel free to share your experiences, good, bad and ugly, help students to troubleshoot, debug problems and provide encouragement.
No two days are the same at Recode! We need help in all capacities. There are volunteering roles in admin, office management, events and student happiness!
We look for smiles and a can do attitude!
Mentors are typically people that work in technology or are bootcamp graduates and are there as a helpful guide in forwarding opportunities, articles and information that may help with the development of learning and career progression.
This role is remote and can be facilitated over the phone, email or face to face.
You will be helping individuals from financially challenged backgrounds learn new digital and technical skills. The lead tutor will prepare for the sessions and deliver them each day throughout the week.
Beware: This role is very rewarding!
Frequently asked questions
Where is Recode based?
We are very excited to be hosting our first Recode programme in Bolton town centre. Bolton provides the perfect conditions for our initiative to launch.
The school will be ran from Marketplace Centre, Knowsley St, Bolton BL1 2AL.
This comes with many perks:
- Being next door to Starbucks for an afternoon caffeine hit
- Gaining discounts in local restaurants and food outlets like Prezzo, Nandos and much more!
We have taken steps to ensure that our space is as inclusive as possible:
- Disabled friendly
- 24/7 security in the building
- Free parking after 5PM
- Close to public transport links
- 5 minutes walk to several food drink vendors
What are the entry requirements?
We believe that with practice and patience coding is a skill that can be learnt by anyone regardless of formal education.
We are committed to ensuring that we create the most inclusive environment for our learners. We welcome applicants from all under-represented backgrounds and communities, or those for whom the opportunity to pursue a career in tech would be otherwise unavailable to them.
In your application, we will ask you to share with us the ways in this opportunity and the subsequent career opportunities it provides might impact on your life. We will also ask you to share with us your interest in technology and your motivation for pursuing a coding education.
We will expect a minimum level of commitment and for this reason we may require applicants to complete some pre-course material prior to the interview and a decision from our team.
What is the duration of the course?
The course will last for 12 weeks with an additional 2 week pre-course requirement. Classes will be from 9.30AM - 4.30PM but we will look to provide additional support outside of these hours.
How much does course cost?
The course is free to all applicants.
We operate a ‘pay it forward’ model, where we encourage learners to pass on the benefits that they have gained once they have graduated from the course. This may come in the form of sharing your newly acquired skills with a future cohort, mentorship, and/or donation of your time in another way that will benefit others.
What should students expect to gain from the experience?
- Learn HTML & CSS
- Ability to create and deploy your own projects
- Become an experienced problem solver, through debugging code
- Knowledge of Front-end frameworks
- Learn how to pair program and work collaboratively
- Gain experience and knowledge of Test Driven Development (TDD)
- Develop your own connections in industry
- Learners will have access to a dedicated recruiter to help with your job search
- Gain confidence
- Build friendships along the way
What job can students expect to gain after the course?
We encourage learners to consider roles that suit their own personal preferences and profile. The course is designed with a view to prepare students for software engineering roles but students will come into contact with a variety of pathways in technology, including web development, product and project management, product design, UX (User Experience), cyber security, systems, design, devOps.
Will Recode help with my job search?
Whilst we cannot guarantee employment for all of our students after the course, we will work tirelessly to ensure to help you find your next role in your new field. At the end of the course we intend for our graduates to feel competent and confident enough to apply for an entry level junior developer role.
We are pleased to have partnered with tech recruitment specialists, Oscar, who we believe will provide our graduates with valuable exposure to tech recruitment processes and bring them into contact with attractive roles within their network of industry leading tech companies.
How much can Junior Developers earn?
Junior developer salaries in Manchester can vary anywhere between £18,000 and £35,000.
What does the Application Process consist of?
Once you have completed your initial application here. The Recode team will carefully consider your application.
Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to an open day in January and give applicants a short exercise to complete. We will announce successful applicants in February.
How long will you be in one location?
The length of our stay in each town will vary. We normally expect to stay in the same location for at least 6 months.
Can you come to my town next?
Bolton is a melting pot of culture, history and change makers. With its large population, progressive council, diverse talent and resources and its close proximity to Manchester. It seemed the perfect place to launch this exciting and revolutionary pilot!
We will be considering other towns and cities for the next location in September 2020. Please feel free to email us with your suggestions and why you think your town should be considered as our next location.
How is Recode funded?
We are a Community Interest Company, we are funded by a variety of different streams. Including sponsorship from companies wanting to give back to communities.
Will attending the course affect my benefits?
We are currently applying to become an approved educational provider.
However, for applicants hoping to gain a place on the full time course. We are currently speaking to Universal Credits to get a definitive answer on this.