New fellow coder Ben Staniforth graduated with a degree in sport science, then spent nine years in national and international B2B sales for a ceramics firm. The desire to turn a passion into a career spurred him to quit his job and embark on a new path. He signed up for a 12-week Java developer training programme and knew he’d made the right decision:
Sidetrade is offering all the things I wanted: more training, AI sector experience, and the chance to apply for the ideal job in Birmingham. I’m looking forward to this new chapter for me.”
Following an assessment day on 25 September, the 12 successful students will spend 150 hours with data scientists and data engineers, learning the fundamentals of real-life AI for business, as well as how to code, using C# (C Sharp) coding language. Five of the 12 successful candidates are women.
Natasha Rollason recently completed a demanding four-year master’s degree in physics at Cardiff University. She juggled her time between investigating quantum lasers and part-time jobs in retail:
I’m looking forward to enhancing my coding skills as I think it’s useful, and it’s a chance put some of the more relevant degree study into practice.”
She’s also pleased that they’ll be a good mix of male and female candidates on the programme:
I’ve never felt being a woman was a problem during my physics studies. There were lots more guys, but it wasn’t an issue, and I had a nice friendship group with the girls, so it’ll be interesting to meet like-minded women on The Code Academy, too.”
Ines Ventura is from Lisbon, Portugal, and came to England to study for an MBA. As part of her degree she did a work placement, giving her a first taste of data analytics in business:
The intensive course has significant levels of support, with students spending one full day per week in the office, over 30 hours of Q&A sessions, and a bustling Slack community of mentors. It culminates with a day of project-based presentations to senior staff and engineers, demonstrating their skills in full-stack development.