Software development is one of the most sought-after skills in the world. The business world has never been so dependent on technology. Now, more than ever, software developers are what’s need to drive tech innovations. Yes, we’re now in a strange time, and many people have lost their jobs or have been furloughed, but if you’re living in Wales right now, then there are Welsh funding opportunities that will help you learn how to code. What are they?
Welsh funding opportunities
There are many ways to get funding for Code Institute’s programmes in Wales. Because we engage with Gateway, our programme is level 5 on the RQF. This means that the course is eligible for specific Government funding. Apart from going down the route of a payment plan, there are two ways for candidates to get government funding for our Diploma in Web Applications.
1. ReAct funding
ReAct funding is a Welsh Government scheme that offers eligible candidates funding of up to £1,500. This scheme supports residents in Wales who have lost their jobs since January 2020.
To apply for this support, applicants must be unemployed on or after January 1, 2020. Applicants must also be over 16 years of age and be able to produce the NI number. It’s worth noting that applicants must be over 18 years of age for all of Code Institute’s programmes.
Your first step is to contact Working Wales directly.
2. Fully-funded learning at Colege y Coymoedd
Code Institute is working with Coleg y Cymoedd to provide the level 5 Diploma in Web Application Development. This is a fully-financed course that is available for students with a Personal Learning Account.
A Personal Learning Account gives eligible students flexible and fully-funded part-time courses. This type of funding allows learners to keep working while they study.
Funding is available for residents in Wales who want to upskill to priority sectors. However, you must be 19 years of age or older to apply. The Welsh Government also need applicants to meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Be employed (including self-employed) earning under the median income (£26,000), or
- A furloughed worker, or
- A worker on a zero-hour contract, or
- Agency staff, or
- At risk of being made redundant, or
- Employed and been negatively impacted by the economy, for example, the hospitality industry.
To apply for our programme using the Personal Learning Account, you can contact Colege y Comoedd through this form.
Non-Government funded options
3. Knoma Student Finance
Knoma offers 0% loans for UK residents who are over 18 and in employment. These learner loans promote tech and coding courses, and eligible students can repay over twelve months. To find out more about Knoma, follow this link.
4. LendWise Student Finance
Lendwise offers contracts of up to ten years. Interest rates depend on your financial profile and the agreed length of repayment.
5. Code Institute Finance
Code Institute offers 0% finance options to its students on a case-by-case basis. To find out more, contact our Education Advisors directly here.
Reasons to change career to software development
Whatever your reasons for a career change, there are plenty of opportunities out there for you. Where are these opportunities coming from? Well, there has always been a skills gap, but now that the world is super-dependant on technology, and with so many businesses now focusing on their digital delivery, the skills gap has increased massively. Software developers are experiencing unrivalled job security and because of the huge demand for software developers, they are earning among the highest salaries in the UK.
According to a recent Tech Nation report, tech vacancies in the UK grew 36% between June and August 2020. With over 90,000 vacancies per week, the sector is outperforming all except healthcare.
Whether your furloughed, unemployed or just want a career change, there are plenty of ways to reach your goals. There are Welsh funding opportunities to get you on the programme that is right for you. It’s up to you to take control of your situation and change career.
Code Institute’s Full-Stack Software Development programme is the only university credit-rated online coding bootcamp in the UK and Europe. Our aim is to get you working in tech. To do this, we have a fantastic careers team who have built up more than a thousand hiring partners. Our students can each avail of one-on-one career counselling. Also, graduates are guaranteed an interview for a new career. As a result, 90% of our graduates are employed within 6 months of completing our programme.
Our support structures are unrivalled. From your first day on the programme, you will have a team ready to bring you through the course. Our tutors are available 24 hours a day, five days a week, and from 9 am until 5 pm on weekends. Each student has an individual mentor to help with projects. Our community of students and alumni is bustling with people who will offer sterling advice.
What’s your next step?
Right now, there is a huge digital skills gap. The World Economic Forum reckons that between now and 2025, 85 million jobs will be displaced, only to replaced by 97 million tech roles. While we once talked about a digital skills gap, it is now quickly becoming a gorge. With so many people forced out of work, now is an amazing opportunity to upskill in this in-demand field.