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11th October 2021

Sheffield Digital is urging local businesses in need of software developers to interview job-ready graduates of The Developer Academy.

The Developer Academy is a member of Sheffield Digital and is playing an important role in helping more people to access jobs in the growing technology sector in Sheffield. After securing funding from national and local government, they are offering no-experience-needed bootcamps, free of charge to people who are unemployed in the region.

Sheffield Digital and The Developer Academy are working together to let more businesses know about the opportunity to meet and secure highly-trained people from different backgrounds, to boost their teams.

From October onwards there will be regular cohorts of bootcamp graduates specialising in software development or data science, who are ready to enter into junior level roles.

Sheffield Digital Director, Mel Kanarek, says,

“The Developer Academy bootcamps allow people who are out of work to get the skills and mentoring they need to enter the workplace as developers or data scientists - skills that we know many local companies are crying out for. The training is designed by tech businesses, for tech businesses, to make sure that Academy graduates are equipped with the skills that are needed right now.

“So, if you are a business in Sheffield City Region that is recruiting for these positions at junior level, please get in touch with The Developer Academy. You’ll have enthusiastic candidates to interview, and the opportunity to bring fresh and diverse talent into your business.”

The curricula have been co-designed with local tech companies, The Curve and Twinkl, so the courses are specific to the needs of today’s digital industries. Students not only learn the fundamentals of programming on the bootcamps, they also cover important soft skills like problem solving and communication, to ensure they are truly ready to enter the workplace. Paul Ridgway, CEO and founder of The Curve, comments,

“In recent years the demand for developers has skyrocketed with newly qualified developers often lacking exposure to real world scenarios and development concepts that are becoming essential in junior positions. This is where we see value in working with The Developer Academy.

“By collaborating with The Developer Academy and co-designing curriculums, we believe we can ensure aspiring developers have the knowledge and experience they require to begin a successful career in software development”.

Ben Atha, owner of the Developer Academy, adds,

“We’ve seen some hugely talented people attend the first cohort, all of whom are going to make excellent developers with a range of soft skills from previous jobs and life experiences.

“The next cohorts are filling up fast and we have many people applying from a wide range of backgrounds. It’s fantastic to see such high levels of diversity and be able to help them find junior level jobs in our fantastic tech community”.

Whether you’re recruiting over the next couple of months, or in the new year, the Developer Academy will regularly have new cohorts of graduates available for interviews. To find out more, and to register your interest, just get in touch with Ben by emailing

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