Teaching the nation to code for free
We’ve made it our mission to get more kids into tech. Our Teach the Nation to Code events are free, fun and they run up and down the country. They are 1 day coding workshops, targeted at sixth formers, career changers and graduates. They aim to inspire young people to pursue careers in tech and software development.
Supporting military servicemen and women back into work
AWS re:Start is a training programme dedicated to getting people back into work. The first group focussed on supporting military servicemen and women, and their spouses. We deliver training to ex-military personnel offering them the opportunity to move out of active service into a role in the tech sector.
Forging a gender-balanced tech sector
Only 17% of UK tech workers are female. We’re on a mission to change that. There are a number of other amazing organisations that share that same mission. We are working together to help make a difference.
We have partnered with the Women in Technology (WIT) Network to offer our learners’ access to one of the most powerful and largest independent female networks in the world. WIT encourages its members to share ideas, challenge the status-quo and work to encourage more girls to study STEM subjects.
We are also proud to be partnered with Girls Talk London who support women aged 16-30 to achieve their career goals. They run programmes which help to develop their students business, leadership and digital skills. QA then connect Girl Talk London graduates with career opportunities in the tech sector.
QA is an active signatory member of the Tech Talent Charter (TTC). Members pledge to take concrete steps forward to increase diversity in the sector recruitment. Through its research and public events the TTC brings together industries and government bodies to drive diversity and address gender imbalance in technology roles.
We were selected to be a key partner in the National Cyber Security Centre’s CyberFirst programme, educating and inspiring more than 1,100 students into a career in Cyber Security.
Supported by the SmallPeice Trust, we managed and delivered a range of development courses for students aged 14-18 across the summer. To support this we had over 50 staff and 14,000 pieces of equipment spread across 12 geographical locations, complemented by 112 volunteer guest speakers from 37 organisations.
We continue to support CyberFirst by managing and delivering a programme of 1 day courses to an additional 800 students aged 11-14 across the UK and Northern Ireland.