The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) offer fully-funded training bootcamps to local residents including our Women in Data Academy and Women in Software Academy.

As part of the government’s effort to boost the country’s economic recovery, it has made £8m available for digital bootcamps in six locations across the country, with £1.5m of this going to the WMCA.

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “Re-skilling and up-skilling have such critical roles to play in our region’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, and one of our key asks of Government as part of our plans to protect and create jobs was extra support for this across the region. It is very encouraging therefore to see the Prime Minister respond so positively to our lobbying efforts and the needs of the West Midlands”.

Our academies in the West Midlands have had positive impacts on our students’ lives and opened doors to new careers that may not have been possible before. This was the case for our Women in Software Academy graduate, Rufaro, who secured a role as a Data Analyst after completing our course.

“Joining the academy changed my life. For the first time, I was part of a community of women in tech. The academy gave me so much confidence in my skills and my abilities that I have secured my first job in tech.

“I am now working as a data scientist, which involves using data to make informed business decisions. I would never have thought about applying for this job if I hadn’t joined the Women in Software Academy.”

This is a great step for the digital industry and we’re glad that the government has recognised the importance of digital skills in the region’s post-Covid-19 recovery.