Posted on February 26, 2019 by staff

Coding bootcamp launches first Leeds cohort


A new Leeds base for Northcoders has taken its first cohort of students including 11 from engineering and design consultancy Arup.

The two companies have previously worked together as Arup previously hired five Northcoders graduates.

Nineteen students have begun their 12 week training programme at the new ‘coding bootcamp’ since its expansion from Manchester this year.

“Arup’s ambition is to remain a leader in advanced digital technologies within the built environment,” said Tom Bridges, Leeds office leader at Arup.

“That means continuously enhancing the digital skills within the organisation, in line with the rapidly evolving technology that’s spearheading significant industry change.

“We believe digital skills will make a real contribution to the economy of the north of England, and we’re delighted to continue our partnership with Northcoders as part of our commitment to the region.”

Established in 2015, the school has trained nearly 300 people via 23 cohorts, and was selected in Creative England’s CE50 list and named Business of the Year at the 15th Annual Chamber Business Awards.

Students learn skills required to become a software developer to prepare them for employment.

Chris Hill, founder of Northcoders, added: “It has been a lot of work building up to the launch of our first programme in Leeds but we are delighted with the uptake and response so far.

“Arup’s participation and support for the inaugural course really reflects the need that big businesses have for talented software developers as they take control of their own digital transformations.”

The company recently hired seven new staff members to run the Leeds operations.