Made in Manchester
The home of football, fashion and funky dancing
We love Manchester. It’s given the world some of its greatest icons: from Emmeline Pankhurst and Alan Turing to Tony Wilson and Bez. Here, history is made and the future is built.
This is where it all began for us. Manchester was our first classroom – and there’s a good reason for that. The place is buzzing with innovative marketing, vibrant design, cutting edge fintech and some of the largest corporations in the country.
You can find us on the fifth floor at 19 Spring Gardens in a beautiful, expansive space. Here, the next wave of the city’s tech talent will learn their trade. Find out more about what we have to offer by clicking the buttons below.
Creating Employable Talent
We set up our headquarters in Manchester because demand for great digital talent outstrips supply by at least 5:1.
Development roles are regularly identified as the trickiest positions to fill. In 2018, a study conducted by Manchester Digital found that almost half of the companies surveyed were struggling to recruit coders with the right level of training.
If left unchecked, these problems will only get worse, and by 2020 it’s predicted that there’ll be one million unfilled jobs in the IT sector. This is called the digital skills gap, and there are a few factors that contribute to it:
● An increase in demand for digital skills across every business and every sector
● A huge demand for innovative technologies, including Analytics, Data Intelligence, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence. These are sometimes referred to as the 4th Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0
● The growing need for businesses and industries to overhaul their old ways of working and use technology to improve effectiveness in order to compete for large scale projects (for example, HS2)
● The increase in digitally skilled workers leaving the UK to work abroad (for example, Lisbon)
● The diminished number of digitally skilled workers coming to the UK
Our founders David Muir and Andy Lord have witnessed these problems first-hand, and Code Nation was born out of a desire to solve them by boosting digital skills and creating employable talent.
Andy says: “Code Nation’s been a big ambition of mine for a few years, especially as I’ve seen that skills shortage become more prevalent and bizarrely fall to the back of the queue in terms of business priorities.
“It’s time to change that and Code Nation students will be a big part of the revolution moving forward.
“I am also incredibly passionate about breaking down the barriers for great talent entering the workforce – hence the introduction of a fee-free structure for businesses offering job opportunities to our students.
“It’s a model I fully believe in and something I hope the broader sector will embrace.”
We’re on an incredible journey and we’d love you to come along with us. Get in touch to find out how.