Fast-track tech course aims plug Barnsley’s digital skills gap

Fast-track tech course aims plug Barnsley’s digital skills gap

[re]start – an intensive 14-week digital skills course - will be run at Barnsley’s Digital Media Centre from January 2019 onwards and is open to applications from across the region.

Designed to fill the skills gap in the UK’s growing creative and digital industries, [re]start is an initiative from Learn the Web, a tech training enterprise set up by digital business owner Craig Burgess, and higher education professional Steve Smith.

Craig said: “The web industry is crying out for fresh new recruits to boost its workforce and we know there are plenty of enthusiastic and talented people out there who dream of working in that industry. But a skills gap is keeping the two apart.

“Our aim, with [re]start, is to give raw recruits a good grounding in all they need start a career in web design and technology; and to present employers with ‘agency ready’ job applicants who have the skills and confidence they need to start work as part of their team.”

The [re]start course, taught by frontline web professionals, is designed to develop a comprehensive range of core skills in website design, coding and digital marketing. It is a full-time, five day a week course which replicates industry timescales, expectations and working methods.

Steve Smith said: “[re]start is a cheaper, faster, more dynamic alternative to studying web design at university. It offers something different to digital bootcamps too, which provide intensive training in coding alone. Our focus is to develop multi-skilled, well-rounded employees who can slot straight into a job in the digital industries.”

[re]start is open to young people aged 18-plus at the start of their working lives or older people working in any sector looking for a change of direction or a fresh start in a new career.

Steve said: “It doesn’t matter what age you are – whether you are a college leaver, someone who is looking for a complete career change, has been made redundant or just feels stuck in a rut. If technology is your passion, apply and we’ll talk.”

Published: 10 December 2018

Article by Ellen McGann
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