Sheffield’s software development course has a job promise

Eleanor Roberts enjoys her role, working across digital marketing, bespoke web development and digital design services

The 28-year-old is a graduate of EyUp, Yorkshire’s award-winning technology skills academy, which offers its students a guarantee – a tech job within six months or their money back.

All graduates of the first cohort have now found employment.

Eleanor is loving her new role, working on digital marketing, bespoke web development and digital design services for UK businesses and multinationals. She explains how she discovered EyUp and why she chose the course: “Someone sent me an article in The star about EyUp and it was really the right time, the right place for me. They have a lot of the same values ​​as me, and the program seemed to cover a lot of really important things I wanted to learn – and more! »

Eleanor graduated with a first class degree in Forensic Science from the University of West London and spent six years working as a bartender before deciding to pursue a career in software development. She said, “I love problem solving! Coding is like doing logic puzzles, so I have a lot of fun doing it. I loved the EyUp course – it was truly amazing. The trainer was very knowledgeable and engaging, the resources were superb and the exercises were designed to help you understand step by step.

“I would 100% recommend it to others. It gives you weeks of experience working in an industrial-style Scrum team, covers so much interesting and useful information, and was so fun to complete.

For the future, Eleanor’s ambition is simple: “I want to have a job that I enjoy every day and a home with three pets at all times!”

Founded by technology entrepreneur David Richards MBE, EyUp teaches people the most in-demand methods used in software development today. It has partnered with leading provider iOAcademy to deliver the award-winning coding course in Sheffield. The 16-week program provides students with everything they need to know to land their first job as a software developer and has been rated one of the best coding bootcamps in the world. EyUp works with recruitment partner Affecto to help find suitable roles for graduates.

EyUp is recruiting for its third cohort which will begin in September 2022. Eight places are available, including two places funded by a scholarship program for people from disadvantaged backgrounds or underrepresented in the tech sector. The Money Back Commitment is for all graduates who complete the course and fail to land a technical job within six months.

There are many good opportunities for EyUp graduates. Tech Nation’s latest data shows digital technology roles accounted for almost a quarter of advertised jobs in Sheffield in 2020 – 5,591 out of a total of 24,501. Software developer could expect to win £40,000 a year and a Java developer £52,500, according to Tech Nation analysis.

David Richards MBE, Founder, CEO and Chairman of WANdisco plc, said: “We are delighted that people like Eleanor Roberts are choosing to develop their careers with EyUp, which is open to anyone with abilities, whether starting out in the world of work or at the midpoint of their career. Eleanor will be a wonderful addition to her new employer’s team and with the skills she has learned and is developing, she has a bright future ahead of her.

All EyUp candidates are assessed on their abilities rather than their experience as part of the assessment process. Course fees can be paid up front or with payment plans from EdAid or Knoma. EyUp offers classroom learning at Castle House, the open plan office of WANdisco plc. For more information, please visit www.eyup.com.

All EyUp candidates are assessed on their abilities rather than their experience as part of the assessment process. Course fees can be paid in advance or with payment plans from EdAid or Knoma.

EyUp offers classroom learning at Castle House, the open plan office of WANdisco plc. For more information, please visit our website here.