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Why join Bright Network Technology Academy? 

Are you considering a career in technology but worried that you don’t have the right degree or qualifications?  

Then Bright Network Technology Academy is perfect for you. 

Why?  

Because Technology Academy has already helped to kick start the tech careers of 100s of driven Bright Network members and now it’s your turn to join our tech community by applying for our next career accelerator. 

What is Bright Network Technology Academy? 

Technology Academy is a career accelerator for the next generation of tech.  

Designed from the ground up to support Bright Network members from all backgrounds into tech, Technology Academy will take you from tech curious to an established junior technologist in just 12-24 months.  

It all starts with 13 weeks of software engineering training, followed by the opportunity to interview for a job placement at our leading partner firms. If successful, we’ll support you for 12-24 months to ensure you kickstart your tech career. 

For more information on how Bright Network Technology Academy works, click here. 

For more information on our Software Engineering Career Accelerator and to apply for our August 2024 Cohort, read on... 

Software Engineering Career Accelerator – August 2024 Cohort 

Our Software Engineering Career Accelerator is an end-to-end programme for highly driven Bright Network members who want to start a career in software engineering but don’t have a degree in Computer Science.  

Below, you will find all the information you need to apply for our next cohort. 

 

Key Details 

  • Start date: Monday 12th August 2024 

  • Length: 13-weeks training + 12-24 month job placement 

  • Salary: £30k OTE (if successful in gaining a job placement) 

  • Time commitment: Full Time (09:00-17:30 Mondays to Fridays) 

  • Training cost: Free 

  • Training format / location: Virtual (UK-based) 

  • Job placement locations: London, Scotland, South West of England and North of England 

 

What will you get out of it? 

  • The chance to kick start your career in technology with a starting salary of £30k OTE (location dependent) 

  • Free training on our market leading Software Engineering Career Accelerator 

  • Full mentoring and guidance as you begin your career in tech 

  • The chance to join Bright Network Technology Academy’s growing community of likeminded aspiring technologists 

  • Exposure to some of the world’s leading technology teams 

 

How it works 

Our career accelerators are split into two phases to give you the best possible chance of successfully launching a career in technology: 

  • Phase 1: Intensive remote training bootcamp 

  • Phase 2: Job placement in a tech team at one of our leading partners 

 

Software Engineering Phase 1: Bootcamp (13 weeks) 

It all starts with our 13 week intensive remote bootcamp. 

Throughout the bootcamp, our dedicated and caring training team will teach you code craft. Transforming your curiosity and passion for tech into tangible tech skills that will lay the foundations for your career in software engineering. 

Key areas that you’ll be trained in include:  

  • Frontend development 

  • Software engineering fundamentals 

  • Web development fundamentals 

  • JavaScript and React 

  • Java and Spring 

  • SQL and NoSQL 

  • Data structures and algorithms 

In addition to this, we’ll teach you essential collaboration, communication, problem-solving and project management skills that you need to thrive in tech. 

Upon completion of the bootcamp, you’ll graduate with a Tech Industry Gold award. 

 

Software Engineering Phase 2: Job placement (12-24 months) 

Following bootcamp, the top graduates from each class are given the chance to interview for software engineering roles in a range of tech disciplines at our leading partners across the UK. 

If successful in getting a placement, you’ll be given a salary of £30k OTE (location dependent) and we’ll continue to support you for up to 24 months with dedicated 1:1 support from one of our Talent Managers who are there to support you every step of the way. 

 

Who we are looking for 

We are looking for individuals ready to start their journey towards being a Software Engineer. You don’t need any specific tech knowledge to join our career accelerator, but you have to be ready for the challenge of kickstarting an exciting new career 

 

Key criteria 

  • A recent graduate in any degree discipline  

  • Clear passion and curiosity for technology 

  • A team player with strong collaboration skills 

  • Resilience, drive and a belief that you can make it into tech with the right support 

  • Available to start full time and commit to a structured 24-month career accelerator 

  • Openness to working in/relocating to locations across the UK (roles with Technology Academy can be in London, Scotland, Bristol and the North of England) 

 

Desirable criteria 

  • Ability to demonstrate prior interest in Software Engineering through self-learning, societies, courses, or jobs etc. 

  • An expert problem solver and enjoy working through challenges with complex information 

  • Logical and process minded – breaking down tasks to their component pieces to understand the best route forward 

  • Enjoy data and understanding how it can be used to drive businesses forward 

  • Detail orientated and are happy to search through your work to find areas for improvement or identify bugs in your code 

  • Love learning and broadening your skill sets 

  • Thrive in ambiguity and show tenacity in overcoming unfamiliar situations 

 

Selection process 

  1. Online application with CV submission and short answer questions 

  1. Gamified skills-based tests 

  1. Video Interview 

  1. Assessment training days  

  1. Final Interview with the Bright Network Technology Academy Team 

 

Application information 

Places for this career accelerator will be offered on a first come, first served basis, and so applications may close earlier than advertised.  

Apply soon to avoid disappointment. 

If you self-identify as disabled or have a long-term condition, and require any reasonable adjustments to any part of the recruitment process, please email us here. For more information and/or guidance please visit: 

 https://www.scope.org.uk/advice-and-support/ask-for-adjustments-at-interview 

Bright Network is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants to the Technology Academy regardless of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic. We actively celebrate difference and encourage diversity of thought on our programmes. Simply, if you feel that you would be a great fit for the Bright Network Technology Academy then we'd love to hear from you. 

If you're a current student or not available for the dates of this career accelerator, keep up to date about future Technology Academy cohorts by visiting our website here, as well as completing our free starter online courses to build your tech skills on the Bright Network Academy page here