February 24, 2020

Meet Amy, 22, who attended the Women-only Tech Set Go Web Development Course

Amy is a Marketing Assistant for a Printing Company in Sheffield, with very little coding experience obtained from her current job. She spotted an opportunity to go on a free web development course offered by the Tech Set Go project. The aim of the project is to help groups of people who would normally find it difficult to get a job in the Tech Sector to gain the skills and confidence to explore potential opportunities. The idea is to improve the life chances of individuals and at the same time to address the lack of diversity in the Tech Sector, where women in particular are under-represented. The project is also suited to helping individuals expand their technical skills to improve their prospects whatever the sector they are in, as organisations increasingly need more technically able staff.

The Tech Set Go web development course was run by The Developer Academy, which specialises in providing flexible learn-to-code courses.

Amy says: “I wanted to gain technical skills so that I could help my team at work with web development and coding.”

The course was taught by experienced female instructors, which Amy enjoyed. She says: “It’s been nice to learn with other girls and work in a relaxed environment. If you made mistakes, the instructors were always there to help us when we needed it.”

Amy says: “I found the course beneficial and thought it was a learning curve, as I hadn’t done anything like it previously. She added: “You never really get opportunities like this to do something free and in your own time. It’s been well planned, and I’ve had a really good time.”

The final part of the course involved doing a two-week project focused on a brief set by an employer from the Tech Sector, in order to build commercial awareness and give participants something for their portfolio.

Twinkl, an online educational publishing house based in Sheffield, set a brief to create their own three-page website, which Amy enjoyed producing. She says: “We were given lots of guidance and left to our own devices, and I liked having specific tasks to complete.”

The web development course has provided Amy with valuable skills within coding and web development. She says: “I feel more confident at using HTML and CSS.”

Amy says: “In the future, I would like to use the skills I have learnt from the course within projects at work and to continue to improve my own website.”

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