Award-winning coding bootcamp and leading tech training provider, iO Academy is pleased to announce the re-launch of their successful Diversitech funding programme.

The scheme offers contributions towards course fees of up to £1,100 to individuals from groups underrepresented in the tech sector including female, non-binary female, non-binary, transgender, ethnic minority and disabled applicants as well as parents and guardians returning to work after a career break.

“We believe that inclusivity is essential for a thriving and innovative tech sector”

Following a period of review in 2022, Diversitech has been simplified and restructured to offer more opportunities for more individuals to access tech skills or launch careers in software development.

Applicants meeting any of the eligibility criteria are able to request funding assistance for a range of iO Academy courses including the flagship Full Stack Track software development bootcamp and Coding Quick Start introductory short course. Awards of up to 100% of applicable course fees are available and can be combined with other funding options including deferred payments and study-now-pay-later financing.

Tangible actions towards making the tech sector inclusive

Contributions vary depending on which course you are applying for with maximum awards of up to £1,100.

When applying for your chosen course, you’ll have the option to request Diversitech funding. We’ll collect a few extra details from you during this process to assess your eligibility and, if successful, the amount will be discounted from your course fees.

All awards are discretionary, funding is limited and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Commenting on the fund, iO Academy lead, Mike Oram says, “We believe that inclusivity is essential for a thriving and innovative tech sector. By simplifying and expanding Diversitech, we’re able to make quality tech training and opportunities more accessible and contribute to improving diversity at all levels of the tech industry.”

Since its introduction in 2019, Diversitech has provided more than £66,500 of funding to eligible individuals from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds, helping them launch careers in the tech industry. The scheme is funded largely by contributions from iO Academy industry partners including ON, Cushon, Blubolt, Ghyston and Mayden.

Learn more about Diversitech and apply for funding here

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