Skills City & Find your Flex offer free training to empower women and ethnic minorities in the North West to accelerate into technology careers

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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Nominations are now open

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way. Nominations are now open until 10 September 2021.


MSDUK Innovation Challenge

Are you an ethnic minority business or a founder with a new idea that can make the world a better place?

MSDUK Innovation Challenge

Innovative  businesses from ethnic minority backgrounds have the chance to present their big ideas in front of global brands and investors through the MSDUK Innovation Challenge 2020.

In this year’s theme, ‘Better Ideas for a Better World’, social innovation, future tech and sustainability all feature highly. The challenge aims to spotlight the best innovators across a wide range of sectors and technologies, including AI, Business Disruption, Sustainable Cities and Consumer Health.

Now in its fourth year, the Innovation Challenge was set up by MSDUK as part of its year-round programme of initiatives designed to fight underrepresentation of ethnic minorities in the global supply chain. Through this challenge, MSDUK breaks down barriers to entry for young start-ups, entrepreneurs and high-growth EMBs from all sectors by providing direct access to a range of highly influential corporate sponsors. Committed to investing in a diverse supply chain, the headline sponsor is Cummins, and other sponsors include GSK, Digital Catapult, Eaton, EY and Accenture. The prizes are cash injections for the winning idea, business scholarships, and mentoring, which will give the finalists the boost they need to develop their big ideas into successful businesses.

Describing his goal for the theme of this year’s Innovation Challenge, MSDUK Founder Mayank Shah said, “We are setting the bar for this year’s entrants very high because we believe that only through greater supplier diversity can our global partners find innovative solutions to the problems of tomorrow.”

“Like every other business entrepreneur in the 21st Century, the EMBs that succeed will be those that bring about social change through innovative ideas and technologies."

"After last year’s truly inspiring array of ideas, I am excited to see what the current crop of EMB social entrepreneurs can bring to the table.”

Full details of the challenge including an entry form can be found here:

The deadline for entries is 29th May 2020. The ten finalists chosen by the judges will take part in a live pitching final, to be held in London on 23rd September 2020.