Programmes commence April 2020 in Birmingham.

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “From my days at John Lewis I know just how fast technology moves in business, and we need to be doing all we can to skill up local workers to make sure they are prepared for the jobs of the future. “That is why the WMCA is committed to funding schemes like the ones offered by TechTalent Academy. I am particularly pleased that TechTalent Academy is looking to train exclusively women in a sector that is traditionally male-dominated. “It is no secret that we need to work hard to tackle gender inequality in the region, and I am delighted we have been able to help fund a programme that is aimed at doing exactly that.”

The TTA team is set to bring new thinking to tech. Building careers with new data and software tech skills and transforming companies with diverse tech talent.

The academies will offer remote, flexible as well as fully funded places on each programme – to make them truly accessible. The Academy sets out with the intention to support gender diversity in the sector.

Janice Rae of TechTalent Academy said: “We are delighted to be awarded funding by West Midlands Combined Authority. We set out to support diverse talent into the tech sector and support returners to tech back into work. WMCA have the same vision for their Digital Skills Retraining Project – to be as inclusive as possible. We believe passionately in the power of diversity so we’re creating a new talent pipeline that help businesses build diverse tech teams – and women to build rewarding tech careers”.

TechTalent Academy’s ‘Women In Data Engineering’ and ‘Women in Software’ Academies have now officially launched in Birmingham. If you’d like to find out more, from a candidate or employer point of view head to www.techtalent.academy to find out more and to get in touch with the team.