More places available at Sheffield’s leading coding bootcamp

Jake Rooms was enjoying his IT and admin work at the family building firm but wanted a job with more problem solving. He had always loved finding out how things worked, saw that software development could “scratch that itch” and applied for a post at WANdisco plc.

Promoted by WANdisco International Ltd (EyUP)
Thursday, 3rd February 2022, 12:31 pm
Jake joined the first cohort at EyUp in September, graduated in December and landed a job in January
Jake joined the first cohort at EyUp in September, graduated in December and landed a job in January

The company liked Jake’s CV with his master’s degree in mathematics but thought he needed some coding experience and referred him to EyUp, the award-winning Yorkshire tech skills academy which is offering a guarantee to its graduates – a tech job within six months or their money back.

Jake used EdAid to fund his course fees, which allowed him to defer payment until he secured employment. He said: “I looked at the EyUp syllabus and could see I could learn a lot of valuable knowledge about coding and how to work as a developer in just 16 weeks. Even if I didn’t get a job straight away, I would achieve what I wanted, which was to gain a new skill.”

Jake joined the first cohort at EyUp in September, graduated in December and landed a job in January, winning a coveted junior developer role at data activation platform company WANdisco. He is now working on world-leading software designed and made in Sheffield that helps farmers plough fields, healthcare companies predict diseases and astronomers find new exoplanets.

Jake said: “In my career, I want to discover something new, build something new and break new ground and now I have the opportunity. What I really like about my new job is that everyone is happy to help you, which is great. I can talk to my managers easily, the company is not very hierarchical and everyone is there to collaborate.”

Founded by technology entrepreneur David Richards MBE, EyUp teaches people the most in-demand methods used in software development today. It has partnered with leading provider iO Academy to deliver the award-winning coding course in Sheffield. The 16-week programme equips students with all they need to know to get their first job as a software developer and has been ranked among the best coding bootcamps in the world.

EyUp is recruiting for its second cohort via www.eyup.com (add link) to start on March 7. Eight places are available, including two places funded by a bursary scheme for people from disadvantaged backgrounds or who are under-represented in the tech sector. The money-back pledge is for any graduates who complete the course and fail to land a tech job within six months.

There are plenty of good opportunities for EyUp graduates. Latest data from Tech Nation shows digital tech roles accounted for nearly a quarter of advertised job vacancies in Sheffield last year – 5,591 in a total of 24,501. A software developer could expect to earn £40,000 per year and a Java developer £52,500, according to Tech Nation’s analysis.

David Richards MBE, founder, CEO and chairman of WANdisco plc, said: “We are delighted that people like Jake Rooms are choosing to develop their careers with EyUp, which is open to anyone with aptitude, whether they are starting out in the world of work or midway through their career. Jake is already contributing to our code base with the support of his colleagues and is a wonderful addition to our team. With the skills he has acquired and is developing, he has a great future ahead of him.”

All applicants to EyUp are evaluated on aptitude rather than experience as part of the assessment process. Course fees can be paid up front or with payment plans from EdAid or Knoma. For more information click here

EyUp offers classroom-based learning at Castle House, the open-plan office of WANdisco plc. For more information, please visit our website here