Northcoders – the coding school for the North – is launching a brand-new Study Now, Pay Later scheme for those who want to change career and take its 13-week Coding Bootcamp course. The initiative is the organisation’s latest effort to make careers in tech more accessible for all.
This new option will mean that students will not have to pay tuition fees up front with monthly interest free repayments only starting after graduation. Since its inaugural course in 2015, Northcoders has helped around 600 people switch careers into tech. 96% of whom have secured software developer job offers within three to four weeks of graduating on average starting salaries of £25,000.
The only contribution being asked for up front is the cost of the course’s introduction week. To qualify for the scheme, applicants must be a UK citizen.
In addition, women and those belonging to gender minorities (people who identify as non-binary, transgender or intersex) can also claim up to £500 from Northcoders’ Gender Diversity Fund. This contribution can be put towards the cost of their 13-Week Bootcamp fee.
Applicants can study out of Northcoders’ Manchester or Leeds campuses, or choose to join the course virtually through the Remote learning option. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the team is delivering remote learning for people enrolled at the schools’ campuses. Coding Bootcamp students will learn the skills that they will need to become a full-time stack software developer as the curriculum is constantly updated to match the talents employers demand.
Chris Hill – CEO at Northcoders – said: ““Helping people from all backgrounds and all walks of life to access a career in the tech sector has always been a priority for us. Our aim with the new Study Now, Pay Later scheme and the Gender Diversity Fund is to provide another route into the sector for as many people as possible.”
Over the past two years, Northcoders has been selected as one of the country’s brightest tech stars in Creative England’s CE50 list and was named Business of the Year at the 15th Annual Chamber Business Awards. The firm also relocated its Manchester campus to a new 10,000 sq. ft space at Manchester Technology Centre on Oxford Road in early 2020.