IT services giantis donating nearly half a million pounds to a UK software development and data skills Bootcamp targeted at young people not in education.
Accenture’s £450,000 donation will enable the, mainly at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) offered to Bootcamp graduates.
The free boot camp,, is run by the non-profit youth employability program Generation UK and education technology (edtech) startup Multiverse. It was to gaining employment. It is open to 18-24-year-olds without a university degree. The six-week program teaches coding, full-stack development, and web development and culminates in IT apprenticeships at employers.
There is also a focus on driving representation and diversity in the. Over the , 80% of participants have come from an ethnic minority background, while 50% were female.
Generation UK recruits candidates to the scheme, while Multiverse places those who graduate into apprenticeships with employers. One graduate of theAccelerator is 21-year-old Farana Jivan. While studying medicine overseas, she decided it was not her career and returned to the UK, where she started offering tutoring services.
While, she discovered an unexpected talent for IT. “I had to but didn’t want to pay someone, so I learned basic website development skills. While learning, I thought, < UNK> I am not too bad at this.”
Jivan found she was picking things up quickly and decided to push herself. She was introduced to the Tech Talent Accelerator through a family friend, which she applied to join through Generation UK. After two entry exams, an, and a small final exam, she was offered a place on a course which she described as very intensive and suitable for people without an IT background.
As well as the tech training, the course helps participants understand the working life of tech professionals, said Jivan. This includes completing projects on their own and in groups. “This was great because employers want people who have completed projects when you apply for jobs or apprenticeships. You can give employers these stories, and they like that,” she said.
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After completing the course, candidates are connected with employers for potential apprenticeships. Multiverse connects graduates with employers where their profiles and the employer’s requirements match.
“I have already got three applications for apprenticeships in progress, and I am in theof one application for an online content developer apprenticeship,” said Jivan.
The training comprises about 20% of an apprenticeship and is delivered by training providers at a cost. The Accenturewill help Tech Talent Accelerator organizers pay for this.
“To find exceptional talent, every companyon hiring from the same sources,” said Multiverse founder Euan Blair, the son of former prime minister Tony Blair.
He added that the funding from Accenture would help program participants start a range of apprenticeships in data andin finding apprentices.
Candida Mottershead, HR director at Accenture UK, said it was a challenging time for young people to navigate an uncertain time at the beginning of their careers.
“When you pair this with the fact that the pandemic has exacerbated a significant digital, we risk letting down and missing the potential of a talented generation,” she said. “As the , businesses must do all they can to empower young people with the skills they need to succeed in their career, which is why schemes like this are vital.”