Making a positive impact
Develop Me was established as a business with a social mission.
We are working 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’- which is specifically designed to create financial support and learning opportunities for students who are otherwise unable to afford to pay full price for training.
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.
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 high quality digital skills training connected to in-demand tech careers.
Now – more than ever – is the time to work together across the Bristol city region – to invest in local talent and to create supported high value career pathways that are accessible to everyone to become future leaders in the tech sector.
This initiative is co-funded partly via our ‘Opportunity Fund’ which is supported by our hiring partners, matched by Develop Me with generous support from our mentor and alumni community.
The scholarships available comprise of four fully funded places per year (2 places per cohort) on our newly launched part-time 52 week Coding Fellowship Bootcamp – valued at £9,450, each with an additional loan of an Apple Laptop for the full duration of the course. Every student has access to our Career coaches, full learning support, well-being services and industry mentor community.
For further information:
Please visit the Black Bristol Tech Pathway page
Babbasa is a not-for-profit social enterprise that inspires and supports young people from ethnic minority and low income backgrounds to achieve their career ambitions. Recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2020 for promoting opportunity through social mobility, Babbasa has a proven track record of tackling social and economic disadvantage amongst over 2,200 young people (16-25 years) from Bristol’s inner city.
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.
THE CODE IT FORWARD PROGRAMME IS NOW CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS
This employability program was specifically designed for students who were otherwise unable to afford training, outright or through traditional financing methods. We hoped to benefit students who were under-represented in the tech community, specifically students identifying as BAME, but not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, educational background or employment history.
Develop Me designed an inclusive financing model that aligned incentives around successful career outcomes for the individual — and not their financial status or affordability to pay in advance. We believe a students current financial status shouldn’t hold them back from breaking into a new tech career.
The Code it Forward initiative was designed by Develop Me as a radical yet simple solution in partnership with our social enterprise finance partner EdAid. The idea was that we invested and supported students into their first role in tech by ‘paying it forward’ – meaning that we didn’t get paid unless the training was successful and those students found employment.
Our ambition was 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 student beneficiaries:
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. Read more >
These scholarship places were specifically supporting women in tech; focussed on increasing diversity in the tech industry. Our Women Returner subsidised places were available on our part-time UX Design and Front-end Web Development courses (now retired).
Both courses were delivered in a flexible schedule that could 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. These courses not only provided the digital skills to make them invaluable to many industries, but could also offered the chance to learn and work more flexibly.
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.