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The Secret Code to Tech Talent in Brum

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We announced this week that Mortimer Spinks is the official recruitment partner of the School of Code bootcamp, launching in February 2019, sponsored by Santander.

I’ve known Chris Meah from School of Code for over two years now, through various tech events throughout Birmingham. Chris was a Consultant CTO for a mutual client of ours, where we started to work together to source and interview talent for the client. We later had to find a permanent CTO to replace Chris because he was starting the first School of Code bootcamp. This is when we began working closely together.  

School of Code aims to teach people programming skills in a free, immersive short-course as a means to address the UK’s growing IT skills gap. The bootcamp is open to everyone regardless of work experience, information technology proficiency, age or background, making a coding education available to all. Learners on the bootcamp can expect to learn full stack JavaScript as well as other key skills in database management, project management, and presentation skills.

The upcoming bootcamp follows the success of this year's inaugural School of Code bootcamp, where I was personally able to witness the transition of 20 coding novices into skilled programmers, over the 16-week programme. It was amazing to see 90% of the bootcamp participants went on to achieve employment in a role where they utilise their new skills on a day-to-day basis.

Over the course of the upcoming 16-week programme, Mortimer Spinks will be integrated as a point of contact for all bootcampers, for all things related to careers and life after the bootcamp. Throughout the course, we will be giving talks on the tech job market in the Midlands and delivering workshop sessions on CV prep and interview techniques, to ensure the candidates are job ready. Whilst we make sure that the candidates are equipped, we will also be working on behalf of the School of Code to liaise with potential hiring companies interested in taking on these Developers.

We are at a point in the UK where tech skills are amongst the most in demand. Without initiatives like the School of Code, our tech companies and innovators simply cannot grow. By supporting the School of Code, we are actively expanding our tech community and bringing more talent to grow our flourishing tech ecosystem, specifically here in Birmingham.

It’s a huge challenge that Chris and the team are taking on and it’s one I am absolutely delighted to be tackling with them. This is an opportunity to help take a big step towards generating our next source of Tech talent here in Birmingham. 

Applications for places on the course will close on 23rd November 2018. For more information about how you can apply for a place on the programme, please click here.

If you would like more information on Mortimer Spinks’ partnership with School of Code, contact Jack Capel on 0121 329 1402.

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