Skills City and Find your Flex have joined forces to empower women and ethnic minorities in the North West to accelerate into technology careers, through free training.

The tech training courses, funded by the Department of Education, are an opportunity for learners to advance their own digital knowledge and hopefully go on to become Senior Leaders of the future. There are also courses offering pure beginners a fast-track opportunity to a career in tech.

Skills City and Find Your Flex have chosen to work together, to empower those groups most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing increase in Automation in process-based jobs, by supporting them onto free training courses with a guaranteed job interview at the end.

Through this programme, they hope to help level the playing field and fast-track careers in the innovative and flourishing technology sector.

Skills City will run six Skills Bootcamp academies virtually or at HOST in Media City, fast-tracking 450 people into digital technology careers over the next 12 months.

On average, students will be able to start a new career at a qualified Junior level with starting salaries from £16-25K.

The Skills Bootcamps will commence this September and the courses will also run again in January 2022. Each course varies in length from 12-16 weeks, & are available on a full or part-time basis. All applicants must be aged 19 or over, employed or unemployed for less than 12 months and be a resident based in the North West of England.

The Skills City & Find Your Flex partnership is looking to recruit candidates to start on the September and January courses now, into the following cohorts:

AWS re/Start in Cloud Engineering, Unity Professional Artist Programme & the Raytheon Cyber Academy.

The AWS re/Start course doesn’t need any formal previous experience, whilst the Raytheon Cyber Academy requires some experience and a genuine interest in cyber security. The Unity Professional Artist programme requires a minimum level 4 graphic design or arts-based qualification or higher.

Cheney Hamilton CEO FindYourFlexSpeaking about the programme, Cheney Hamilton CEO and Founder of Find Your Flex said, “We are so excited here at Find Your Flex to be working with Skills City to help realise our ambition to help women disproportionately affected by the challenges of the past 18 months, to find a new way to re-career into an industry that is future proof.”

“We’ve seen so much devastation on jobs, especially on women over the age of 45, who have lost the ability to earn due automation across multiple industry sectors, sped up by COVID-19.”

“We’re proud to help Skills City recruit digital trainees to their amazing programmes”.

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