TechUP is a new Institute of Coding funded programme that takes 100 women from the Midlands and North of England and retrains them into technology careers.
Focusing particularly on women from BAME and underrepresented communities, TechUP will provide an intensive six month course to transform or kick start careers. Applicants with degrees in any subject area and a passion for technology will be invited to apply from April 2019.
The programme began with the first cohort attending a residential weekend hosted at Durham University in July 2019 followed by 3 further events, concluding a final residential weekend hosted by Nottingham University in January 2020, which included a Graduation ceremony.
The main content of the course is online, with all participants coming together for four weekends over the six month duration. Support will be provided throughout the programme through an online portal, regular online catch up sessions and weekly online meetings with an industry mentor.
At the end of the programme, participants get the chance to interview for an internship or job with at least one of the industry partners in the programme.
TechUp academic team members are based at the Universities of Durham, Edge Hill, Nottingham and York. Nottingham team members:
Professor Sarah Sharples – Principal Investigator
Dr Sarah Martindale –Co-Investigator
Dr Carolina Fuentes – Co-Investigator
Mercedes Torres Torres –Co-Investigator