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Tech partnership to offer free tech courses in Newcastle

TechTalent, one of the UK’s leading tech training and placement providers, has partnered with IT services provider Version 1 to provide a free digital skills academy to Newcastle residents.

As an official training provider to the 2023 Newcastle Digital Skills Academy, TechTalent will work alongside Version 1 to upskill and train 18 individuals from Newcastle through a 12-week virtual training program.

The first eight weeks of the learning program will cover different technologies and organisational concepts, and how to apply new skills in a consultancy role. This will be followed by four weeks of specialist training in AWS and Java. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be offered an interview for a permanent role with Version 1 as an Associate Consultant.

A training allowance is available, and the Academy is open to Newcastle residents who are starting out from college, looking for a career change, returning to the workforce, and those with existing technical skills. Eligibility requirements include a 2:2 university classification in any discipline or a Level 5 qualification in an ICT or STEM subject.

The Academy will begin on 27th March, and those who are interested in participating are asked to submit their application by the closing date of 1st March.

Janice Rae, TechTalent CEO and founder, said:

“It’s brilliant to once again partner with Version 1 to train people in Newcastle who are eager to kickstart and develop a career in tech.

“We’re committed to helping as diverse a range of people as possible to enter the sector, and to upskilling those already in the industry, which aligns perfectly with Version 1’s goal of making a career in tech accessible to everyone.

“As a team, we’re looking forward to meeting this year’s students and equipping them with useful knowledge and practical skills that they can take forward into promising tech careers.”

Participants will receive training on presentation and customer-facing skills and there will also be a week dedicated to the delivery of a Business Analysis and Project Management syllabus.

The Academy includes Company Days at a Version 1 office, where students can meet Version 1 colleagues and other Academy Associates.

Enda Diggins, Managing Director of UK Digital, Data & Cloud at Version 1, said:

“It’s exactly one year since we announced our plan to add more than 200 roles to Newcastle. We’ve been building a team locally, with great leadership and now we’re taking our next step by launching our Academy in the area.

“The Academy covers a broad set of topics – attendees will learn about Design Thinking, Security DevOps, Platform Engineering, Software Development, and Software Testing – all in the context of real-world scenarios, to prepare them for working with our customers.

All Academy participants are paid for their participation. 131 people took part in Version 1 Academies last year. 100% of those people were offered, and accepted, full-time jobs at the end of their Academy.”

The Academy provides an opportunity for tech enthusiasts in the Newcastle area to learn from experienced mentors and trainers with hands-on experience and industry-recognised certifications.

Through the Digital Skills Academy, students will gain key industry certifications across the Version 1 Partner Network, including Oracle Platinum Partners, Microsoft Gold Partners, and AWS Advanced Consulting Partners.


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About TechTalent TechTalent is an AI-driven EdTech business that connects the tech industry to aspiring talent through scalable corporate training solutions. The organisation has offices in London, Birmingham and Bristol and employs a team of 40. With a vision to build a sustainable and scalable tech industry, it firmly believes that promoting diversity and inclusivity in tech is crucial for ensuring the industry will continue to grow and thrive. TechTalent also works directly with organisations to help them understand their current team’s skillsets, provides training for existing team members, and supports plans for growth through its immersive learning platform, TechTalent Connect. Overall, the organisation seeks to meet the needs of businesses and specialist practitioners through its Attract > Train > Deploy recruitment model. This model handles the entire administrative process of recruiting and training individuals before placing them with businesses. This, in turn, helps reduce hiring risks for employers and provides them with scalable and on-demand tech professionals who are ready to be deployed onto projects from the word ‘go’. Since its foundation, TechTalent has helped thousands of students achieve industry-recognised certifications through its range of tech courses and has placed its students with major businesses including Barclays, Dyson, Meta, and the UK Space Agency. For more information about TechTalent visit: About Version 1 Version 1 is a leading technology and digital transformation provider which employs over 2600 people across the UK, Ireland, Spain, and India. Specialising in delivering digital, cloud, data and ERP transformation services, Version 1 is rapidly growing to meet the demand of its 500+ customers, from commercial enterprises to public sector organisations. With longstanding customer relationships and 98% customer retention, Version 1 has notably been gaining a strong foothold in the UK market of late with recent wins in HMRC, Channel 4, Land & Property Services (LPS), National Highways, Department of Justice, and Education Authority to name a few. Version 1 is one of the fastest-growing consultancies in the UK. It was named the 6th best large place to work in ‘Great Place To Work’ 2022 and was ranked 10th of all UK companies.

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