In Birmingham, the UK’s second most populous city, start-ups are thriving thanks to local networks like the “Silicon Canal” and a strong flow of graduates from the universities surrounding the area. Birmingham boasts more new start-ups than any other city in the UK outside of London, with 18,590 new companies launched in 2018 alone. The city’s sustained tech growth means that employers are hungry for job-ready tech talent, with over 60% of local start-ups reporting difficulty finding qualified talent.
To help employers find this talent, the University of Birmingham today announced the launch of a coding boot camp, the first such program in the UK to be established in partnership with Trilogy Education. It is also the first coding boot camp in the UK to be offered by a university.
The University of Birmingham Coding Boot Camp is a substantive non-degree course teaching full-stack web development that successfully prepares adult learners and working professionals for careers in technology and represents one of a range of programs at the university set up to respond to the developing needs of the modern workforce.
“As the leading higher education institution in the region, we want to ensure our city’s existing workforce has a pathway into the lucrative and fulfilling careers made possible by the growing technology sector,” said Professor Nicola Wilkin, University of Birmingham. “This is a fantastic opportunity for personal professional development. The flexible part-time format of the new University of Birmingham Coding Boot Camp makes it possible for people to diversify and develop the skills needed for alternate technical careers.”
The 24-week program begins September 24, 2019, with two three-hour evening classes during the week (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.) and a four-hour class on Saturdays (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). In addition to classroom instruction, students will spend a minimum of 20 hours a week on outside projects and homework. They’ll also build a professional project portfolio and receive a range of career-planning services, portfolio reviews, recruiting assistance, and extensive staff support.
“Birmingham’s recent growth has increased the demand that companies have for digitally-skilled workers,” said Dan Sommer, CEO and founder of Trilogy Education. “The University of Birmingham joins a large and growing network of top universities that have mobilized to address the critical shortage of qualified digital talent around the world. Together, the University of Birmingham and Trilogy Education will enable residents of Birmingham to acquire the skills that are fueling the region’s vibrant tech scene.”
Boot camp students will gain skills to develop dynamic end-to-end web applications, as well as receive a Certificate of Completion in Full-Stack Web Development from the University of Birmingham.
“We are delighted to be able to launch this exciting programme with Trilogy Education,” said Professor Tim Jones, provost and vice-principal at the University of Birmingham. “It marks another important step in our work to provide a range of high quality, modern, and flexible development programs for people already pursuing professional careers.”
To learn more about the University of Birmingham Coding Boot Camp, visit bootcamp.birmingham.ac.uk. You can apply online or by calling +44 0121-295-9450.