Develop Me, working in partnership with Babbasa, is offering fully-funded tech bursaries for four young Black people living in Bristol to learn how to code and begin their career as software developers. The deadline for the Black Bristol Tech Pathway closes 5th March, so apply here today!

Develop Me’s programmes have a market leading, 95% post-course hire rate into the tech industry. The bursaries aim to remove the social and economic barriers of entry for underrepresented young people by providing opportunities and access to education connected to highly paid in-demand tech careers.

With 18% of tech employees from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds; and specifically, only 2% from a Black, African, Caribbean or BlackBritish background–a long climb to diversity remains for the industry (The Chartered Institute for IT/BCS 2020).

Al Kennedy, Director of Develop Me, explains, “Now –more than ever – is the time to work together across the Bristol city region – to invest in local talent and to create supported high-value career pathways that are accessible to everyone to become future leaders in the tech sector.”

Comprising of four fully-funded places (valued at £9,450 each) on Develop Me’s newly launched part-time 52-week Coding Fellowship Bootcamp, every student will have access to Career Coaches, full learning support, industry mentor community to help set them up for their future careers, as well as a loan of an Apple Laptop for the full duration of the course.

This initiative is co-funded partly via the college’s Opportunity Fund supported by hiring partners, matched by Develop Me, plus the generous support from their mentor and alumni community Bristol inner-city-based youth empowerment social enterprise, Babbasa, is supporting with recruitment and access to under-represented communities.

Find out more about Develop Me and Babassa’s Black Bristol Tech Pathway and sign up here! Give them a follow on Twitter to keep up with their latest news here: @developme_tech and @Babbasahub.

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