Coding for Unemployed
Skills Bootcamps – Part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee,
helping everyone gain the skills for life
The Skills Bootcamps Programme is funded and managed by the West of England Combined Authority, led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris, and delivered by City of Bristol College. The fully-funded High Performance Full Stack Software Developer: Skills Bootcamp is offered to unemployed learners interested in moving into the tech industry. This 16-week, full-time training programme prepares learners for careers in the digital workforce as Full Stack Software Developers. On completion of the programme, learners will be provided a guaranteed interview with an employer for a real life tech vacancy. It is set to commence on November 27th.
Skills Bootcamps are free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with an employer.
The course covers common technical skills including;
In addition, learners acquire job-ready skills, such as Agile team management, collaborative pair programming, verbal presentation skills and undertake immersive career coaching content, all of which ensure learners have both the technical knowledge and behavioural skills to succeed in the workplace.
Learners will complete three collaborative hackathon challenges and a summative final capstone project whilst on the programme, thus creating a body of work that can be shown to prospective employers and support their future employment opportunities.
- Candidates must be at least 19 years old as of 31st August 2023.
- Must have the right to work within the UK.
- Evidence of English language ability equivalent to IELTS Academic Level 6.0 if not a native speaker.
- Must not have taken part in another Skills Bootcamp programme within the current financial year (April 23 – current date).
- Current employment status: Unemployed and willing to secure a job within the West of England LEP region (Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City Council, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire).
- Commitment: Must be committed to an intensive, full-time training schedule for 16 weeks and subsequently, securing employment following training completion.
- Aptitude: Completion of Code Institute’s 5-Step Coding Challenge. A logical thinker with a desire to learn and problem solve.
- Personal Statement and CV: Submit a min. 500-word personal statement and most recent CV.
- Interview: Pass a telephone interview hosted by Code Institute, which lasts approximately 25 minutes.
- Previous experience: The course is designed to take people with little or no coding experience who show an aptitude for learning coding through the 5 Step Coding Challenge
- Comfortable studying online for extended periods and at a self-directed pace between live supports.
- Have access to a laptop/PC with a minimum 4 GB RAM. A second monitor is highly recommended.
Tentative weekly course curriculum
Onboarding, Intro to HTML, Agile behaviours, Careers.
HTML to CSS, Problem-solving.
CSS Fonts & measurement units, Dealing with Distractions, Accountability.
Intro to an IDE and Git, Teamwork, personal retro.
UX, HTML & CSS project, Team planning, How to Estimate.
Bootstrap library, Team retros.
Bootstrap project, Lightning Jam & decision-making.
Hackathon 1, Careers, Intro to imperative languages, presentation basics.
Intro to Python.
Python & Postgres, using an ORM.
Intro to Python web frameworks, Django.
Building a blog app in Django, Hackathon.
Capstone project week.
Capstone project week (summative assessment), Careers sessions & closing day.
The final weekly curriculum will be confirmed following the assessment process completion.
By participating in the 16 week coding bootcamp, the learner will be able to;
How to apply
Follow the steps below to complete the application process: