Posted on May 30, 2019 by staff

Northcoders and ThoughtWorks aim to empower women in tech


Coding bootcamp Northcoders is partnering with global technology consultancy ThoughtWorks to offer scholarships to underrepresented women and gender minorities.

Four fully funded scholarships will be offered to those who identify as non-binary, transgender or intersex to help them find a career in the tech industry.

The successful applicants will have the option of studying the full-time 12-week coding course at one of Northcoders’ campuses, either in Leeds or in Manchester.

The scholarships will be awarded in July and the course will begin in August or September. Each one will be fully-funded by ThoughtWorks, covering the £6,000 course costs plus an extra £2,000 bursary is available to help with living costs.

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

“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 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.”

To date, 35 cohorts, with a total of 350 students, have graduated from Northcoders.