Tech Set Go! is a digital skills project funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) through the Digital Skills Innovation Fund. It is a Sheffield City Region project, working in partnership with Nottinghamshire.
The focus of Tech Set Go! is to test innovative ways of helping people in ‘under-represented groups’ or from disadvantaged backgrounds to access opportunities in the digital sector. As such, it is a proof of concept which, if successful, could lead to a pilot. The areas in terms of under-represented groups are:
- Women who want to return to work after a period of absence, women who are under-employed in low-skilled jobs, or unemployed
- Autistic individuals (men or women) aged 18 and above in similar circumstances
- Any individuals aged 18+ in areas of multiple deprivation who are unemployed or under-employed
The project has tested out innovative methods of engaging these individuals, raising their awareness of opportunities in digital occupations, and providing free training in learning to code. The project has also engaged employers from the digital sector in providing real-life challenges for participants to undertake to build their portfolios.
Sero helped to design the project concept and has worked on delivery with Bright Box Makerspace and the Developer Academy. Activity has included running family robotics workshops where parents participate alongside their children and learn about digital opportunities, including the opportunity to learn to code. The core of the programme has consisted of an eight-week blended learning web development course followed by a two-week employer-based project.
There aren’t many women that do this [learning to code] and I think it’s a good thing to get into... This course probably changed my life as it’s made me want to pursue a different career.
About the Tech Set Go coding course