Skills City

In a bid to tackle the lack of diversity in the tech sector, IN4 has established Skills City, a digital skills powerhouse set to transform talent diversity in the North West.
At the heart of Skills City, we aim to break the barriers to the tech industry faced by those from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Fast-track to tech careers

It is pioneering demand-led digital skills and talent provision at a scale to maximise the choices available to employers and learners.

We secured £1.2m, the largest technology bootcamp contract in the North West, from the Department for Education (DFE) to deliver six skills bootcamps and fast-track, 450 people, into digital technology careers, with every learner having a guaranteed job interview at the end of the course.

Fair access

Skills City is the first-of-its-kind to offer a range of alternative routes to employment in the tech sector and works with communities across the region to provide opportunities to people who may not have access, such as those on career breaks or who are financially disadvantaged.

We have committed that 50% of learners will be represented by women in order to drive gender parity in the tech sector.

Demand-led skills

Skills City collaborates with industry-leading partners including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Raytheon Technologies, Unity, BAE Systems, Bentley Motors and Niyo Enterprise, Black Codhers, a specialist software engineering academy for black women.

Skills City offers training and career opportunities in 3D immersive technologies, AI, cyber, coding, the cloud, data analytics and software engineering.

“My favourite part has been working on the client project with BAE Systems. Although nerve-wracking at first, it was an invaluable experience to deliver projects for a high-profile company and take on responsibility in an industrial setting.”

Aminah Ahmed, a graduate of AWS re/Start
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