This week's Federation blog features Amul Batra and Ruth Ng from Northcoders, following their fantastic achievement at the prestigious Chamber Business Awards, London. National winners, Northcoders, took home The Education and Business Partnerships Award and the Business of the Year award, against hundreds of the UK's top businesses.
Director, Amul Batra and Ruth Ng, Head of Growth, tell us what it means to be making waves nationally and reminisce on their past 12 months of growth, and how the North can become world-class.
How did Northcoders come about?
Amul: We were founded because we knew there was a skills shortage in the region. We believed, and still do believe, that the Northern Economy can truly compete nationally and internationally if the North, currently starved of technical talent, grows and maintains its own diverse pipeline of talent to help grow its businesses into global brands. Northcoders’ mission is to deliver big picture change for the North of England and its people, by changing the lives of individuals. Our aim is to accelerate both the growth of the tech sector and its integration into the life and work of the city, to the shared benefit of all.
Ruth: There are simply not enough people in the North who can code. Amul is quite right — the region can compete on the global stage, but will only do that if it has access to the talent it needs. The founders of Northcoders created the business in late 2015 to solve this very problem in an ethical, human way. People come first. Doing good comes first.
What difference has the past 12 months made?
Amul: Working at the Federation has allowed Northcoders to grow into having a proper campus over the last year. We graduated our 250th Northcoder last week and have another 70 students on campus who will be graduating over the next 12 weeks. Northcoders now work at over 70 businesses across the North. We also innovated our course and came up with a new way of delivering our course that was more bespoke to our students' needs and pace of learning. Since launching The Developer Pathway in February 2018, our overall graduate employment rate has risen to 96% with Developer Pathway graduates on average accepting job offers within two weeks of finishing our course.
(the North) can compete on the global stage, but will only do that if it has access to the talent it needs. The founders of Northcoders created the business in late 2015 to solve this very problem in an ethical, human way.
Ruth: Wow, yes. A lot can change in a year! It’s taken a lot of hard work to fine tune everything, but as Amul says, our innovations in the earlier part of the year to allow students to progress at their natural pace has meant a significant rise in our graduate outcomes. We imagine that our commitment to making sure that a coding bootcamp is right for each and every one of our students before they start allows us to surround our students with other committed, passionate learners, leading to happier and more successful Hiring Partners. It’s good for everybody.
What's next for Northcoders?
Amul: What we have delivered in the last 2.5 years is just the start of our journey. Going forward we are going to be continuing with the work we’re doing for the tech scene in the North and working with a number of organisations to increase the diversity of the people able to take our course and ultimately land rewarding careers in tech. We also have a couple of very exciting announcements coming up soon, so watch this space!
Ruth: Always exciting things. We don’t stand still at Northcoders! We can’t wait to show you what’s next, but we’re not quite ready to tell you, so remember to follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook to keep up with our latest news...