Develop Me was established as a business with a social mission: to ensure we create inclusive opportunities for everyone in society to access and participate in the next technology powered knowledge economy.
Integral to our social business model is the creation of our ‘Opportunity Fund’.
The ‘Opportunity Fund’ is specifically designed to create financial support and learning opportunities for students who are otherwise unable to afford to pay full price for training.
We currently facilitate two initiatives: Code it Forward and Women Returners.
Our ambition is to transform student access to education by removing the social and economic barriers of entry; allowing low income and/or under-represented individuals to access digital skills training connected to highly paid in-demand tech careers.
Our hiring partners who directly hire graduates from our Coding Fellowship Programme pay a ‘hire fee’; which is invested into the ‘Opportunity Fund’ to provide training for people who could not usually afford this type of training due to social or financial limitations.
With the UK’s digital sector creating jobs twice as fast as the wider economy, developing digital skills has never been more important. We hope to address the lack of diversity in the tech industry and actively support students who are underrepresented in the tech community, including, but not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, educational background or employment history.
The Code it Forward initiative provides an opportunity to enrol on our highly successful Coding Bootcamp — training to become a Web Developer in just 16 weeks — with no tuition fees to pay upfront.
Develop Me has designed an inclusive financing model that aligns incentives around successful career outcomes for the individual — and not their financial status or affordability to pay in advance. We believe your current financial status shouldn’t hold you back from breaking into a new tech career.
The Code it Forward initiative has been designed by Develop Me as a radical yet simple solution in partnership with our social enterprise finance partner EdAid. The idea is that we invest and support you into your first role in tech by ‘paying it forward’ – meaning that we don’t get paid unless your training is successful and you land a job, so we have a ‘built-in’ incentive to make it work for you.
Read more about our student beneficiaries:
October 2019 – Bristol24/7 and Develop Me are working on an exciting new partnership, Code it Forward, which aims to address the challenge of how to open up access to employment opportunities and grow Bristol’s diverse tech workforce.
November 2019 – Code it Forward aims to tackle the challenge of how to open access to employment opportunities and grow Bristol’s diverse tech workforce.
Both courses are delivered in a flexible schedule that can fit around a 9 – 5 job or child care restrictions.
Arguably it is mothers, more than any other group, who suffer from a lack of confidence when returning to work after taking time out to raise a family. This course will not only provide the digital skills to make them invaluable to many industries, but could also offer the chance to work more flexibly. Whether they’ve been out of the workplace for six months or six years, these courses will help future proof their CVs for an evolving jobs market.
Previous subsidised places:
September 2017 – Subsidised places on our new part-time web dev course for mothers. Full article >
August 2018 – Three subsidised places on our part-time Front-End Web Development Course. Full article >
September 2018 – Three subsidised places on our part-time User Experience Design (UXD) Course. Full article >
August 2019 – Happy Mum Gets Subsidised Place on our Front End Web Development Course. Full article >
We are creating a diverse learning community for a 21st century technology powered world. If you would like to support our social mission – to find out more or how you can support our work – please do get in touch.