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TechUPWomen is a multi award winning, trailblazing programme, developed closely with industry, which takes women from underserved groups and retrains them into tech careers.

Our flagship, jobs-focused, TechUPWomen programme at Durham University retrains women from underserved communities into tech careers

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Led by Durham University Professors Sue Black OBE and Alexandra I. Cristea, TechUP’s pilot project TechUPWomen 2019/20 funded by the Institute of Coding, trained a cohort of 100 women from underserved backgrounds. It’s over-whelming success led to two award wins including a 2020 Impact Award and a transformational effect on the lives of participants.

New for 2023

We are very excited to be running a new #TechUPWomen programme with a focus on general IT skills for those wanting to make their first steps into the tech sector. Working with our new partner, Catch22, the programme will provide technical and soft skills training plus mentoring, coaching, job search and in work support.

What is TechUPWomen 2023?

A programme to provide learners with the knowledge and skills they need to start a career in the tech sector.
  • IT training programme
  • Flexible – offer a choice of teaching days, independent study time, recorded sessions for catch-up and tutor support via email or online learning community
  • Developed with tech industry specialists
  • Delivered with our partner, Catch 22
  • For women and non-binary people
  • For people resident in the North and North East of England
  • Intensive 12-week training programme foundation in IT skills, IT support skills and specialist career path taster sessions along with workplace readiness skills such as public speaking, clear communication and effective team-working.
    • 4 hours per week live online learning
    • 2 hours per week independent study
    • 1 hour per week webinar with industry guest speaker
    • 2 in person training events at Durham University
    • Access to online portal
    • Pastoral support (provided by specialists, Catch22), to ensure every learner gets the personal support they need.
    • One-to-one industry mentor
    • Job support (provided by Catch22) to help find and apply for jobs, apprenticeships and internships at the end of the programme
    • Careers fair in Durham

Programme Curriculum

The TechUPWomen 2023 programme is designed especially for those who are interested in a career in tech but have experienced barriers to education and the workplace.

The curriculum will give you a strong foundation in general IT and IT support skills, plus general workplace readiness skills with the aim of equipping you with the skills you need for a level 3 or 4 apprenticeship.

The final curriculum is currently being developed with our programme partners but is expected to include the following:

Important Dates

2nd February 2023Applications open
20th February 2023 at 5pm Applications close
31st March 2023 or beforeOffers made
13th April 2023 Deadline to accept the place and return signed learner agreement
22nd April 2023 Welcome event in Durham
16th – 17th September 2023 Celebration event and careers fair in Durham

Application Pre-requisites

To be eligible for a place on the TechUPWomen programme you must meet the following criteria:

How to apply

Once applications open:

  1. Complete the form below.
  2. Catch22 will contact you via email to arrange a phone appointment to complete your application with a career coach (please let Catch22 know if you require an alternative format of appointment).
  3. Complete the second part of the application process, supported by a Catch22 career coach.
Take a closer look at TechUPWomen 2019/20
FREE TechUPWomen Taster Course

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