There is no limit on the time a CODE4000 student can spend on the programme; while ever there is more coding for them to learn, we are happy to facilitate that learning! However, once a student has completed the whole of our curriculum, they are considered a CODE4000 GRADUATE. When graduates are released, we continue to work with them to support their return to the community, ensuring that they are able to access either employment, education, or training. This support is bespoke and is determined by the needs of each specific graduate; some graduates are work ready and able to take up employment immediately upon release, others might have other priorities such as housing, recovery, or offending behaviour work that results in continued study or employment being deferred until they are ready. Either way, the CODE4000 team will support them regardless of their circumstances and will continue to do so while ever there is a need.
What are our graduates doing now?
At the time of writing, 3 of our graduates are employed in the financial sector as SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS, and 2 work in the digital design sector. They joined their respective organisations not long after leaving prison and started roles that were brokered by CODE4000 while they were still in custody. Feedback about their progress is hugely positive and attests to their skill-set and work readiness. Their ongoing success is evidence that CODE4000‘s proof of concept model of skills and work-readiness training combined with bespoke, wrap-around support works, and is model we hope to replicate with future graduates and academies.
In addition to graduates in employment, 5 CODE4000 graduates are currently self-employed after setting up their own web-development businesses or securing work as freelance developers. If taken together, every single one of our graduates who have been able to leverage their skills to garner employment or self-employment have all done so in the TECHNOLOGY SECTOR.
A further 2 graduates went on to study technology subjects in HIGHER EDUCATION.
We pride ourselves on being an inclusive programme and do not cherry-pick students as we believe everyone can learn how to code. However, this does mean that not all of our students will be 100% work ready when they leave the academy. In these cases, we continue to support those graduates to develop their coding skills and to find work in the tech sector. In other cases, coding training has taken a lower priority and we have worked with graduates, and other professionals, to plan a package of support whereby the CODE4000 curriculum is continued alongside other interventions to help the graduate.
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