Guest blogger, Evelyn Utterson: “Evelyn is a Software Developer and Coding Coach based in Edinburgh. With a background in Career Guidance, and as a career changer herself, she is passionate about supporting others considering a move into tech or exploring other career ideas.”
Interested in learning to code, but not sure where to start? There are tons of digital skills training resources online, both free and paid, that can offer a fantastic introduction as well as longer term, deeper learning. However, sometimes it’s good to have a bit of face to face support too, particularly when starting to learn to code. There are also many paid and unpaid options for in-person training, and this post focuses on four of the free initiatives in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Some of the courses listed have certain eligibility criteria, so be sure to check those where applicable to ensure the course is available to you.
4. IT Professional Training is a SAAS funded IT training provider in Edinburgh and Glasgow, offering a wide range of courses, including Software Development and Android Application Development. Many of the courses work towards qualifications or certifications, which can be an added bonus when it comes to finding work once trained. If you’re unsure which course to go for, just get in touch to chat through your options. There are full-time and part-time courses, and a couple of different funding routes, so check eligibility to see what works for you.
This is just a selection, and new courses are becoming available all the time, so do check locally for other options. In addition to online courses and in-person training, it’s worth supplementing your learning with other events; meetups, conferences, hackathons, networking events, and so on. OpenTechCalendar.co.uk has a decent selection of up-to-date events listed by city so is a great starting point to find out what’s on near you. While some of the talks can get pretty technical, most events are welcoming to beginners, and you’re likely to meet plenty of people who can help you as your learning progresses.