Leading tech training academy launches new brand to reflect their mission to develop the most diverse community of high-potential engineering talent in the world.
Date: 24th January 2022
At futureproof, our goal is simple: to develop the most diverse community of high-potential tech talent in the world.
Everyone, especially young people, has remarkable potential to thrive in tech careers, yet our current education system is underestimating them. Thriving in the complex world of technology requires creativity, resilience, and original thinking. We need a new approach – one where people learn how to solve real problems, rather than merely learn tools. Where they learn how to think, not what to think.
futureproof was launched in 2019 to address two key issues: the lack of skilled junior talent within software engineering and the lack of diversity within the tech industry. Access to diverse tech talent is a major challenge for companies across the world. In 2020, Tech Nation reported that women represented only 19% of the UK tech industry, while their 2021 Inclusiveness in Tech report found that ethnic minorities made up only 15.2% of the tech workforce.
We address these challenges through our unique model. During a 13-week academy, we train students in full-stack software development and technology fundamentals, before they undertake a two-year placement with clients such as Babylon Health, OVO Energy and Coca Cola. We support them throughout with rigorous career coaching, continuous learning opportunities and dedicated mental health and wellbeing support. Since we began, we have helped almost 180 people to develop the skills, experience and networks to become tech leaders of the future.
Unlike traditional tech bootcamps, our academy is free for our students, meaning applicants are not constrained by personal finances – we select based on ability, not the ability to pay. The diversity of our student base far exceeds the national average: 85% are from lower- or middle-income families, 57% are from minority ethnic backgrounds, and 38% are female – and we’re not stopping there. We have ambitious aims to become the world’s first tech academy to reach 50:50 gender parity in our students.
Our core values sit at the heart of what our brand aims to convey. These values are:
We are deeply motivated to make great tech careers accessible to all, irrespective of background. Every career-starter deserves the chance to learn the skills they need to thrive in the future – yet, for the 800,000 people leaving education and entering the workforce in the UK each year, these opportunities aren’t evenly distributed.
Ed Halliday, Operations Director at futureproof, said,
“At futureproof, we aim to positively disrupt people's access to brilliant careers in tech, while helping leading companies source the highest quality and most diverse tech talent. We’re delighted to launch our new brand to reflect the ambition, inclusivity and people-centricity of our work in nurturing and developing future engineers that others miss, in turn helping our clients build brilliant teams of future tech engineers.”
futureproof is an award-winning technology training company that launches and develops the tech superstars of the future. Students are trained in software development and technology fundamentals before undertaking a two-year placement with clients such as Babylon Health, OVO Energy and Coca Cola.
futureproof was launched in 2019 to address two key issues: the lack of skilled junior talent within software engineering and the lack of diversity within the tech industry. futureproof is free for students, because we believe in ability, not just the ability to pay.
Since then, we have helped almost 180 people to develop the skills, experience and networks to become tech leaders of the future. We have won 4 awards – two for innovation, and two features by our female leaders in the 2021 TechWomen100 Awards – and are rated 4.9+/5 on Glassdoor. We grew by 3x in 2021 and aim to double again in 2022, with the overarching goal of launching the careers of 500 software engineers a year by 2024.
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