Funded by West of England Combined Authority, London-based Coding Black Females will be delivering free entry level AWS Re/Start and Entry to Tech bootcamps to women and non-binary individuals aged 19 and over, of black or mixed heritage, who live in Bath, Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucester. 

“Since starting Coding Black Females, we’ve provided training opportunities to over 2500 Black women globally”

Coding Black Females is accepting applications for these free learning opportunities which are aimed at individuals who have an interest in developing a career in tech in the South West. No prior experience or knowledge is needed to take part! 

Upskilling Black women in tech

AWS re/Start is an online part-time skills development program preparing students for a career in cloud computing, enabling them to become certified AWS Cloud Practitioners. Over 16 weeks this bootcamp trains individuals in computing, coding and cloud services.

Entry to Tech is also a virtual part-time skills bootcamp that gives individuals the tools to begin a career in software engineering, with skills in software development and a focus on Java. Also in 16 weeks, Entry to Tech enables individuals to become Software Engineers.

Charlene Hunter MBE, CEO and founder of Coding Black Females, tells us “Since starting Coding Black Females in 2017, we’ve provided training opportunities to over 2500 Black women globally.

“We’re excited that for our second year running, we’re able to provide in demand skills within the South West of England enabling more Black women to gain fundamental skills required for the development of the UK.”

The application deadline for the West of England AWS re/Start and Entry to Tech virtual bootcamps delivered by Coding Black Females is the end of Monday 2 October 2023. The bootcamps start the week commencing Monday 16 October 2023 and finish the week commencing Monday 12 February 2024. 

Apply here for AWS re/Start, and apply here for Entry to Tech.

Launched in 2017, nonprofit organisation Coding Black Females is the UK’s largest network of black female developers. Its primary aim is to provide opportunities for black female and non-binary developers to learn and develop themselves, network, receive support and build relationships through regular meetups. 

Whether you’re new to the tech industry or established, Coding Black Females is dedicated to building and supporting its community through a variety of initiatives such as mentoring, recruitment, events, training, development, short courses and bootcamps. 

Over the years, Coding Black Females have rapidly built traction in the tech community gaining many members. Coding Black Females’ excellent reputation has granted it partnerships and sponsorships from some of the most well respected corporations and organisations around the world.