Mayden, the company behind healthcare software iaptus​, the market leading psychological therapy patient management system, is opening its doors in August to the next round of students who want to learn software development. The Bath-based software house is accepting applications for its academy aimed at people aspiring to learn a new digital skill. The team welcomes applications from anyone, even if you are a complete beginner or have little to no experience with code.

“My experiences throughout this programme have proven that there is no substitute for diving right in”


Academy graduate and junior developer Charlie Coggans says, “I had tried teaching myself to code in my spare time and found it hard to progress­. My experiences throughout this programme have proven that there is no substitute for diving right in. The Academy gave me the tools and the confidence to work in a developer role.”

Interested in getting involved? They simply ask for passion and eagerness.

Who should apply

Here is a list of the type of person who would be suitable for the scheme:

  • Complete beginners, keen to take on a new challenge and learn a new skill
  • Sixth-form leavers looking to move quickly into a commercial position
  • Undergrad and Foundation degree graduates seeking relevant skills
  • Computer science grads in need of practical skills and industry experience
  • Professionals looking to retrain and move into an exciting new career

Perks of the process

The academy offers students a well-rounded experience during their term. They believe that, yes, you can become a professional software developer in four months with training that covers front-end and back-end development fundamentals, and you will gain practical experience on real software development projects.



Successful applicants will help create end-to-end managed web applications and bespoke systems, specialising in innovative, flexible, cloud-based solutions for healthcare. Also, you will have access to professional tutors and industry experts, a company laptop for the duration of the training programme, get to attend hackathons and talks and get to know the local developer community as you learn. [Ed: see you at one of our meetups? This one may be of interest: Techie Brekkie: Growth Hacking]

Creating a talent pipeline

With development becoming one of the most sought after skills, now in its second year the Mayden Academy are hoping to create a pipeline of talent. “Across the country, demand for software engineers continues to grow,” explained Chris May, founder of Mayden​.

“We want to contribute our expertise and experience to help retain and grow developer talent for the area”


“Last year, the Bath and Bristol area was identified as the second largest tech hub outside London. There’s stiff competition locally amongst employers for the best developers. We want to contribute our expertise and experience to help retain and grow developer talent for the area. We’ve been very pleased with the calibre of the graduates coming out of the academy, and look forward to taking the programme forward.”

Into the industry

Mayden, who built their reputation with delivering services to the NHS, are offering the brightest applicants the chance to have their fees covered and a job with the company after graduation. After the 16-week course all the graduates will be prepared for their first role as a junior developer.

mayden-academy-GRADUATESLast year’s successes saw all six trainees graduating from the programme and going on to accept positions at Mayden​. Four of the trainees achieved Zend Certified Engineer status, an industry­-wide standard that recognises PHP expertise and can be used a measure of distinction. This is a particularly useful indicator to employers because due to software development’s fast-moving nature and ever-evolving practices there are not usually formal qualifications to recognise achievement.

If you are interested in finding out more, check out the curriculum on their website, modules include: PHP language Software design, Frameworks, Web application building – you’ll learn how to build dynamic web applications using CSS, HTML, jQuery, and Javascript. As well as learning from Mike Oram the academy lead trainer – a full stack developer and has ten years’ experience, there will be other industry experts called in as guest trainers and coaches.

Like what you see? You can apply today using their online application form. Alternatively keep up to date with Mayden on Twitter @MaydenTweets.

Natasha Baer