Free digital training programmes for young people in Stockport to fast track into digital roles

A new way to kickstart a career in tech

Free digital training programmes for young people in Stockport to fast track into digital roles

‘Shift Click’ is a new free training programme for young people in Stockport and Greater Manchester to learn the skills to secure a role working in digital. There will be support and guidance throughout the programme from industry coaches and experts with guaranteed job interviews for local specialist digital roles on completion of the full programme. The programme is delivered by Stockport Council and digital industry experts MadLab and funded by the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund.

There are two Shift Click programmes on offer initially: an 8-10-week part-time Introduction to Coding and a 14-week full-time Developer programme. They are open to any college leaver from Greater Manchester (even if the college course was not completed). No qualifications or prior experience are needed, just an interest in learning to code and a commitment to the programme. The programmes are free for participants and won’t affect any Universal Credit claims, but places are limited so candidates should apply now. For further information on the programme and how to apply see the Shift Click website.

Councillor Kate Butler, Cabinet Member for Citizen Focus and Engagement says: “Digital is a key growth area both nationally and regionally and there is currently a shortage of people with the right skills. We’re delighted to launch this new opportunity in Stockport for young people to gain the right skills and knowledge to enter the tech industry and benefit from the mentorship and experience of industry experts. If you’re interested in a career in the digital or tech sector, then these free training courses might be what you are looking for.”

Shift Click is one of 14 projects from across Greater Manchester and Lancashire that were successful in receiving funding from the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund, a joint venture between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership (LDSP). It aims to address locally identified digital skills gaps and to provide accessible pathways into digital careers for underrepresented groups.