College leavers in Stockport and from across Greater Manchester will be able to gain free digital training to learn the necessary skills to secure a role in the sector following the launch of the Shift Click programme.
Shift Click will initially offer two digital training programmes to young people for free: an 8-10-week part-time Introduction to Coding and a 14-week full-time Developer programme. The scheme is open to any college leaver from Greater Manchester, including those who did not complete their course.
Cllr Kate Butler, Cabinet Member for Citizen Focus and Engagement said:
Digital is a key growth area both nationally and regionally and there is currently a shortage of people with the right skills. We’re delighted to launch this new opportunity in Stockport for young people to gain the right skills and knowledge to enter the tech industry and benefit from the mentorship and experience of industry experts. If you’re interested in a career in the digital or tech sector, then these free training courses might be what you are looking for.”
Shift Click is one of 14 projects from across Greater Manchester and Lancashire that were successful in receiving funding from the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund, a joint venture between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership (LDSP). It aims to address locally identified digital skills gaps and to provide accessible pathways into digital careers for underrepresented groups.
The programmes are free for participants and won’t affect any Universal Credit claims. However, places are limited so interested candidates should apply now via the Shift Click website.
No qualifications or prior experience are needed, just an interest in learning to code and a commitment to the programme.