Coding bootcamp Mayden Academy has announced a new funding scheme to encourage more people from underrepresented groups to embark on careers in coding and increase diversity in the industry.
The Diversitech Fund will offer a discount on fees for Mayden Academy’s Full Stack Track course to individuals from groups which are underrepresented in the tech industry.
These groups include, but are not limited to: women, black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The fund is awarded on a discretionary basis and may cover anything from several hundred pounds to the full cost of the course.
The Full Stack Track is an intensive 16 week training course teaching students everything they need to know to get their first job in coding.
Many students on the course are individuals seeking to retrain and begin a new career.
The fund has been made possible through the generous contributions of Mayden Academy’s hiring partners, a group of forward-thinking tech companies based in the South West.
Contributing partners include Redington, Play Sports Network, LoveHoney, blubolt, Seccl, Riviam and Altran.
Mike Oram, director of the Academy said: “We’re hugely grateful to our hiring partners for making the Diversitech Fund possible and for taking such an active role in making the tech industry more inclusive.
“Programming offers so many opportunities to develop and grow in your career, and we believe those opportunities should be open to everyone.”
Adam Jones, CTO of Redington said: “As a tech business, we know that diverse teams make better products and deliver better services. Supporting initiatives like the Diversitech fund allows us to drive positive change in our industry.”
This fund comes in addition to the Academy’s existing deferred tuition offer, which gives students the chance to delay paying the course fee until they have graduated and have their first coding role.
The course is designed to cover the in-demand skills that tech companies are looking for, teaching the fundamentals of coding for front and back-end, along with user design and agile project management. Students are not required to have any previous coding experience.
If you’re interested in finding out more, visit https://mayden.academy.