Tech Returners has announced a partnership with the Government Digital Service that will see the launch of a free nine-week course dedicated to helping experienced software engineers re-enter the tech industry.

The programme is being sponsored by global technology consultancy Thoughtworks and is focused on backend JavaScript and TypeScript.

The content has been carefully curated around what organisations and companies need from their software developers and will aim to instil confidence in participants. GDS is guaranteeing job interviews for every programme participant and is currently recruiting for mid/senior level developers for its hub in Manchester.

Eight places are available on the programme which will be delivered online. The course will start on Monday 22nd January 2024 and will finish on Friday 22nd March. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, January 9th.

Manchester-based Tech Returners uses its industry leading knowledge and techniques to refresh and up-skill corporate-sponsored individuals. Its team delivers programmes focused on software engineering, confidence, career development and mindset growth. 

Its client roster has included global brands such as AutoTrader, BBC, booking.com, checkout.com, The Guardian, Holiday Extras and On the Beach. 

“We are delighted to be collaborating with GDS and Thoughtworks on this new course,” said Beckie Taylor, co-founder of Tech Returners. “We have worked incredibly hard to make sure the curriculum will strengthen technical skills, build confidence and drive employment opportunities. 

“These aims are at the heart of everything we do, and we would encourage anyone who might be interested in returning to the tech sector to apply today.”

In detailed analysis covering the last year, Tech Returners reported that 62% of returners on their programmes were people of colour; 59% identified as women; 72% who identified as women were proficient in agile development; whilst one in four who identified as women had leadership experience.

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James Kirk, head of software engineering at GDS, said: “As an organisation, we are committed to making the tech sector and our own operations as diverse as possible. This partnership with Tech Returners and Thoughtworks reflects that. 

“We want the course to be a catalyst for change for anyone who has had a career break for any reason – whether that’s happened for health reasons, related to grief, they’ve taken time out to start a family, or any other cause. The core objective is to empower people from any background to fulfil their ambitions and potential.”

Emily Carey, client principal, public sector at Thoughtworks, said: “Diversity and inclusion is at the heart of Thoughtworks DNA, so it is hugely exciting to partner with GDS and Tech Returners who hold these aligned values with Thoughtworks. 

“We are looking forward to welcoming eight folks to this nine-week award winning programme, to help them refresh and upgrade their technical skills.”

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