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Get into tech with these free training courses

Are you in the tech industry and looking to learn new skills? Or do you want a career change and are unsure of where to start?

There are an abundance of companies and social enterprises that can provide you with free training. Here at WeAreTechWomen, we have pulled together a number of great opportunities for you to explore.

A number of these organisations provide online distance learning, whereas some also provide the opportunity to join them at events and to be part of their communities!

Go explore, and if we have missed an organisation that provides these opportunities for women to get into tech, you can drop us a note at [email protected].

Code First Girls


Code First Girls has become the largest provider of free coding courses for women in the UK, having delivered over £40 million worth of free technology education and teaching three times as many women to code as the entire UK university undergraduate system!

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Coding Black Females


Coding Black Females was created in 2017. We are a nonprofit organisation, and our primary aim is to provide opportunities for Black female developers to develop themselves, meet familiar faces, network, receive support and build relationships through having regular meetups.

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OpenLearn


Produced by The Open University, a world leader in open and distance learning, all OpenLearn courses are free to study. We offer nearly 1000 free courses across eight different subject areas. Find free science, maths and technology courses below.

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TechUP Women


TechUP is a training programme that focuses on training individuals from minority groups into tech careers. Working closely with industry the TechUP team creates a programme tailored to industry needs whilst also ensuring every participant gets an amazing learning experience.

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LinkedIn Learning


Advance your career with LinkedIn Learning. Learn from courses taught by industry experts in leadership, management, marketing, programming, IT, photography, graphic design, web and interactive design, 3D animation and much more.

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Trailhead by Salesforce


Start your adventure by learning the way you want with Salesforce’s Trailhead. Learn at your own pace with learning paths designed just for you, take classes taught by Salesforce experts, and get answers from fellow Trailblazers in our community.

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Join Finding Ada's free webinars and celebrate Ada Lovelace Day

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As part of their wider Ada Lovelace Day celebrations, Finding Ada are running three FREE webinars.

Join Finding Ada's webinars to hear from some amazing women in STEM having conversations around the Science of Hypersleep; Fusing Tech & Art in Games; and Engineering - Solving Problems for Real People.

Tickets are free, so sign up via Eventbrite to stay up-to-date with the speakers, get reminders and the link to view the events. You can find out more about each webinar below:

Ada Lovelace Day 2021- The Science of Hypersleep

The Science of Hypersleep

We explore the science of hybernation to ask, is hypersleep possible? Hypersleep is a common theme in science fiction, but what does science have to say about putting humans into suspended animation? This discussion will focus on the realities of hypersleep and will ask questions such as: What can we learn from hibernating animals? What’s the difference between hibernation and sleep? What health impacts would extended hypersleep have?

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Ada Lovelace Day 2021- Fusing Tech & Art in Games

Fusing Tech & Art in Games

Join us for a fascinating discussion about the new role of tech artist, combining technology and artistry in games. The Technical Artist is a relatively new kind of role in the games industry, yet the possibilities for those who pursue this career path to create and merge art and technology is endless. Ada Lovelace Day and #RaiseTheGame invite you to join Kristrun Fridriksdottir, Jodie Azhar, and Emma Roseburgh for our tech art webinar. This panel will discuss what kind of work the tech artist does, the cutting edge of tech artistry, and how tech artists are pushing the boundaries and creating new experiences for players.

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Ada Lovelace Day, Engineering event

Engineering - Solving Problems for Real People

Join us for a fascinating discussion about engineering challenges and opportunities. Engineering is the science of problem solving, but the scale of global challenges like climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic can diminish our awareness of engineering’s impact on individual people. How are engineers addressing these issues? And how are these engineering solutions affecting our communities?

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School of Code

School of Code is expanding it’s free Skills Bootcamp to people across England

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The School of Code is taking its ground-breaking, free coding bootcamps across the country.

Starting on 15th November 2021, the Skills Bootcamp in software development will be full-time, intensive, and 100 per cent FREE to residents in five English regions – the North West, West Midlands, East Midlands, London and the South East.

This expansion is in partnership with the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs.

School of Code - Cohort 2

There are no prerequisites to apply and no previous experience required – those applying for the course don’t even need to have seen a line of code before.

School of Code takes a learner from beginner to software developer in just 16 weeks before helping them find their first role in tech.

Already this year, during the pandemic lockdowns, they have successfully helped 62 people go from zero to programmer and started their professional tech careers.

The course prides itself on being open to anyone, with diversity in each cohort, a 50:50 gender split and an age-range of 18-60. The School of Code has helped former teachers, return to work parents, school leavers, refugees, bakers, unemployed people, barbers, retail assistants, musicians, artists, air hostesses, beauticians, personal trainers, PhDs, probation officers, health and hospitality workers all learn how to code and change their career paths. Previous graduates have successfully secured roles at employer partners including The Economist, Bravissimo, Santander, Gymshark, Wise, and many more.

They are looking to help 192 people across the country start new careers by April 2022.

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Speaking about the announcement, Dr Chris Meah, Founder of the School of Code said, “Technology will be the engine of recovery for the country, but we need to make sure everyone is on board to benefit.”

“At the School of Code we are free and open to everyone to remove barriers for people.”

“Our mission is to help more and different types of people take advantage of the opportunities technology gives, and to future proof their skills and career.”

“We believe talent can come from anywhere. Money shouldn’t be a barrier to accessing life-changing educational opportunities.”

“That’s why we provide a free route taking people from knowing nothing about technology to becoming world-class tech talent, and partner with employers to help land people into jobs and make our new model of education sustainable.”

“Skills Bootcamps offer a short, intensive, immersive and transformational learning sprint to a new career.”

“The experience helps to change lives and power growth by giving participants the right skills to be immediately useful to employers on day one.”

“But crucially our bootcampers also learn how to learn.”

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TechWomen100

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.

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School of Code launches a new part-time bootcamp to transform lives and diversify tech

School of Code Bootcamp

School of Code has launched a new part-time bootcamp to help transform lives and diversify tech during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the UK’s workforce by necessitating a widespread transition to remote working. Alongside this, 2020 highlighted the need for diversity and representation across the UK’s Tech sector; only five per cent of technology leaders identify as female, and only five per cent of the UK’s Tech talent identify as coming from a BAME background.

School of Code is on a mission to get more and different types of people into Tech. They are closing the digital skills gap by turning diverse cohorts of people into work-ready full stack developers suited to remote, Agile teams. The bonus: It’s free to attend. Funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority, corporate sponsors, and employer partners levels the playing field and eliminates barriers to entry.

The new bootcamp will offer 40 people across the West Midlands the opportunity to gain coding skills on a flexible basis whilst accommodating their existing employment, business or caring commitments. Independent and peer learning throughout the week will accompany set class times on Wednesday evenings and every other Saturday. Like previous bootcamps, learners will take part in two real-world projects that will allow them to showcase their new technical skill set. By offering this versatility in the learning experience, School of Code hopes to widen participation in the tech sector across all socio-economic groups.

This proven model has seen 85% of previous bootcamp cohorts successfully placed into digital roles throughout the UK. Whether they started the course as a paleontologist or a classical guitarist with  no tech experience, they have all learned the technical, problem solving, and creative skills required to join high-performing tech teams and make an impact immediately.

Speaking about the bootcamp, Chris Meah, CEO of School of Code, said, “Technology will be the engine of recovery for the country, but we need to make sure everyone is on board to benefit."

"At the School of Code we are open to everyone to help more and different types of people take advantage of the opportunities technology gives, and to future proof their skills and career."

"Bootcamps offer a short, intensive and transformational learning sprint to a new career."

"We change people’s lives by taking them through a transformational, team-based journey giving participants the right skills to be immediately useful to employers on day one."

"But crucially our bootcampers also learn how to learn.“

To find out more information or apply for the bootcamp, click here.


WeAreTechWomen covers the latest female centric news stories from around the world, focusing on women in technology, careers and current affairs. You can find all the latest gender news here.

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Join Finding Ada's free webinars and celebrate Ada Lovelace Day

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As part of their wider Ada Lovelace Day celebrations, Finding Ada are running five FREE webinars.

Join Finding Ada's webinars to hear from some amazing women in STEM having conversations around Sustainable Energy and Water; Medicine's Biggest Questions; Ada Lovelace Day with Lori Beer; The Near Future; and Space, the Next Frontier.

Tickets are free, so sign up via Eventbrite to stay up-to-date with the speakers, get reminders and the link to view the events. You can find out more about each webinar below:

Sustainable Energy & Water

How do we develop sustainability in energy and water policy? What are our biggest challenges and successes so far? Featuring Kaapua Smith, Head of Sustainability for Contact Energy, Andy Blair, the President of the International Geothermal Association and a founder member of Women In Geothermal (WING), Dr Eva Abal, Chief Executive Officer at International RiverFoundation, and Dr Deborah Nias, CEO at Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group Ltd.

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Medicine's Biggest Questions

What are the most important medical questions facing humanity today, and how close are we to answering them? With Prof Ijeoma Uchegbu, UCL School of Pharmacy, Dr Mariam Jamal-Hanjani, Clinical Research Fellow at UCL Cancer Institute, Dr Freya Harrison, Associate Professor at the University of Warwick, and Dr Jen Edwards, University Academic Fellow in Musculoskeletal Medical Technologies at the University of Leeds.

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Ada Lovelace Day with JP Morgan's Lori Beer

Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day with Lori Beer, Global Chief Information Officer for JP Morgan Chase & Co., who will be in conversation with ALD’s Founder, Suw Charman-Anderson. Lori will be talking about her career in technology, including how she got into tech, and what advice she’d have for her younger self. She’ll also be talking about why she chose to create a scholarship to support women in STEM and why young women should choose to study technology.

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The Near Future

What does the near future hold for us? What will the impact of technologies like AI and robotics be? Featuring Dr Beth Singler, Junior Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence, University of Cambridge, Prof Praminda Caleb-Solly, Professor of Assistive Robotics and Intelligent Health Technologies at the University of the West of England, and Dr Anat Caspi, director of the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology, University of Washington.

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Space, the Next Frontier 

How do we responsibly and sustainability explore space? With Michelle Hanlon, Co-Founder and President of For All Moonkind, Inc., with additional speakers to be confirmed.

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