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Fruition IT Awards Bursaries for Coding Course

“FOR THOSE WHO FEEL LEFT BEHIND, IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO START”

Amidst a tech talent shortage, Fruition IT recruitment consultancy awards coding bursaries to future software developers

Fruition IT, the Leeds-based technology recruitment consultancy, has announced the winners of its bursary to support the living costs for two aspiring technology professionals while they undertake a software coding course.

Eloise Chilvers and Max Parker have each received a £1,500 bursary to kickstart their tech careers as they learn the skills needed to become junior software developers.

In partnership with Northcoders, one of the UK’s leading independent providers of training programmes, the bursaries can be used in conjunction with the fully funded Northcoders Excellence Scholarship Scheme which is a skills bootcamp in coding and is part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs.

Creating the tech nation of the future

Software development plays an integral role in the UK’s wider tech nation, contributing to the future economy and reputation as a global innovator and leader. The sector presents opportunity for emerging talent as:

  • Tech is becoming more important for the UK economy. The rate of tech GVA contribution to the UK economy has grown on average by 7% per year since 2016 (Source: Tech Nation)

  • The UK tech startup and scaleup ecosystem is valued at $585bn, more than double the next valuable ecosystem, Germany at $291.bn (Source: Tech Nation)

  • The UK software development market is valued at $35.2bn, representing 2.1% growth in 2021 and 5% annualised market size growth in the last 5 years (Source: IBISWorld)

Sarah Pawson, Founder and Managing Director, Fruition IT: “Technology is fuelling UK growth as both an economic engine and showcase for UK innovation on a global scale. Yet the rate of demand for talent far outstrips supply. According to the KPMG/REC Report on Jobs, demand for IT and computing staff posted the steepest increase in demand for permanent staff across all industries in November.  As a nation, we need to do more to encourage skill development and entry into the tech industry, making careers attainable and attractive to the next generation of IT talent.”

Fruition IT hopes to do just that by enabling ambitious tech talent to achieve their career goals. The bursary aims to support the financial burden that often accompanies skills enhancement or retraining, thereby supporting the next generation of software developers.

Max Parker, bursary recipient and future software developer: “In primary school, I was told by my year 5 teacher, ‘In the future, half of you will be doing jobs that don’t exist yet’. With the help of a bursary from Fruition IT, I am now studying remotely on a course at Northcoders. This gives me the flexibility to study while taking care of people in my life. For those who feel left behind, it’s never too late to start.”

Eloise Chilvers, bursary recipient and future software developer: “Learning to code in JavaScript in preparation for the Northcoders Entry Challenge has been very exciting.  I love the feeling when a piece of code clicks into place to solve a problem. Having the careers support from Fruition IT is a great comfort and it’s nice to know I won’t be alone when the time comes to look for a new job!”

Throughout 2021, Fruition IT has supported more than 520 IT professionals to find meaningful careers and UK businesses access the talent they need to grow.

Sarah:  “Helping professionals reach their goals and advance their careers is in our DNA. It’s what drives us to work harder, whilst helping Yorkshire businesses grow and create opportunities for talented people.  Partnering with Northcoders meant we could open up career opportunities within the tech space to those who might otherwise be excluded. Sadly, not everyone has the freedom to consider this, largely for financial reasons. There’s the cost of the actual training to consider and other considerations like the cost of childcare, travel or not being able to work whilst training. This is where we can come together to help!”