edX & Department of Education are offering 1,200 free online bootcamp places

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edX, the global online learning platform from 2U, alongside the Department for Education’s Skills for Life initiative, are offering free places on a new Front-end Web Development Bootcamp.

There are 1,200 places up for grabs and the course will give learners an opportunity to quickly and affordably build career-relevant skills, part-time and online to fit around their existing commitments.

The new Front-end Web Development Bootcamp launches this month with the aim of upskilling the next generation of skilled web developers. Fast-changing technology is creating a huge divide between the skills working adults have and the skills employers need. edX bootcamps are uniting universities, workforce partners, employers, and working adults to close those digital skills gaps.

The best part? It’s completely free.

The £4,000 course fees are fully funded by the Department for Educations’ Skills for Life initiative, creating accessible pathways to learning for students of all backgrounds.

During their 16-week, part-time online course delivered by leading industry professionals, students will get to grips with in-demand and market-relevant skills including HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, jQuery, React.js, ES6, and Node.

Through a series of hands-on activities and immersive projects, learners will also gain experience with industry-standard programming practices such as agile development, version control and technical project management.  As well as learning the skills they’ll need to get ahead in their new tech career, students will also benefit from careers advice from edX’s Career Engagement Network, which helps students to chart a clear path to employment through CV and interview preparation, one-to-one coaching, careers fairs and more.

Bootcamp graduate Sumaya Hassan secured a top technology job with global activewear brand Gymshark after completing her course at the University of Birmingham.

The former care assistant is now a junior front-end developer at the popular activewear brand’s headquarters in Solihull.

Sumaya said, “Coming from a life science background, I completely changed my career and was curious about how I’d find entering the industry.”

“I couldn’t be happier in my new role with Gymshark and I have the advice and support of the course leaders during and after the course to thank for that.”

“It’s been brilliant putting what I learnt on the course into practice at my new job.”

“I couldn’t recommend a career in technology highly enough for anyone looking for a change or to upgrade their skills.”

To be eligible, students must be aged 19 or over and living or working in England, have a passion for a new career in tech and have not attended a previous Skills Bootcamp.

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