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Diversifying the nation’s talent pool: leading coding bootcamp Makers announces partnership with Coding Black Females to provide software skills training for 6 women

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As it continues its mission to boost diversity in the nation’s digital talent pool, leading software bootcamp Makers has announced a strategic partnership with non for profit organisation Coding Black Females (@codingblackfems). Under the terms of the relationship, Makers will award scholarships to 6 women from the community of Coding Black Females to train as software engineers at its award winning, market-leading bootcamp.

The scholarship is intended to help narrow the diversity and gender gap in digital skills by helping to remove the financial barriers associated with entering the UK digital and technology industry. It will also support a steady supply of highly qualified talent for the world’s leading hirers, as the UK continues to face a major digital skills deficit.

Those selected for the scholarship will be enrolled in Makers’ 16-week software engineering course.  As part of the programme, the women will learn to code, for free, and be assisted to find work as junior software developers at the end of term. 

On top of this, Makers will also be offering unlimited places for Coding Black Females members at a discounted rate going forwards. 

Charlene Hunter, a software developer who was also featured in Makers ‘Women In Software Power List’,  is the founder of Coding Black Females. The organisation provides training, networking and upskilling opportunities for black women in tech. They also work with organisations to help them improve their diversity. 

Commenting on the partnership with Makers, she said:

“Makers has a proven track record for delivering the best training on the market for software coding and I am thrilled to be helping so many women from our network to reap the benefits of this opportunity. This is a life-changing experience that will open many doors for those that enrol in the programme. It shows that Makers truly believes in championing diversity and using its status as the UK’s leading bootcamp to play a key role in shaping a more equitable society that gives people from all different backgrounds a chance to pursue exciting careers in the technology sector.”  

Claudia Harris, CEO of Makers said:

“Coding Black Females is helping the next generation of women to enter the digital sector and thrive in their chosen career path. Its commitment to community and diversity is shared by Makers. Together we can play a big role in narrowing the skills gap in tech, while also providing a steady supply of well-trained talent that reflects the society we are serving. We look forward to supporting these women as they help shape our digital world.”  

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