How Further Education is using technology to skill more digital talent

This whitepaper is a collaboration between Code Institute, Gateway Qualifications, City of Bristol College, Coleg y Cymoedd, Newcastle College and South Devon College. It’s based on case studies around the adoption of a solution where technology and pedagogy are one, allowing Further Education colleges deliver software and web development courses to more learners.

“Code Institute will teach you how to code and then off you go, you’re done. No, it’s more pragmatic, it’s much more real-life than that. There are mentors from the industry with a professional point of view, guiding and shaping the course content as well as student employability.”
Conrad Saunders
Programme Coordinator, South Devon College
“That’s the advantage of teaching at scale and the possibilities it gives you to customize these courses and deliver them in the way that fits with your culture and with the expertise that you’ve got.”

Pasquale Fasulo
Head of Digital & Creative, City of Bristol College
“February [2021] was the first course; we launched with 20 participants, and then that increased to around 40 participants every month. So altogether we’ve got over 200 learners on the diploma.”

Nathan Thomas
ESP Project Coordinator, Coleg y Cymoedd
“We worked in collaboration with Code Institute to develop a regulated qualification that would upskill those already working in a website development role and also offer learners with no previous experience in programming a pathway to employment.”
Paul Saunders
Director of Business Development, Gateway Qualifications
“The ability to get it off the ground now far outweighs the potential advantages of creating a qualification like this under our own steam, as the resources needed and the time frame involved in developing the platform would be very considerable.”
Andrew Nicholson
Head of Digital Technologies at Newcastle College
“Colleges are deeply embedded in the local community, so they are key in bridging the digital divide and creating the skilled workforce local employers are looking for.”

Louise Aitken
Skills Lead, South East LEP
“It’s our job to open doors and we do that with weekly careers webinars where our hiring partners tell learners what the industry is looking for. This is a great opportunity for our students because these companies are recruiting directly.”

Jane Gormley
Director of Career Services, Code Institute

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