There is no limit on the time a Code4000 student can spend on the programme; while ever there is more coding for them to learn, we are happy to facilitate that learning! However, once a student has completed the whole of our curriculum, they are considered a Code4000 graduate. When graduates are released, we continue to work with them to support their return to the community, ensuring that they are able to access either employment, education, or training. This support is bespoke and is determined by the needs of each specific graduate; some graduates are work ready and able to take up employment immediately upon release, others might have other priorities such as housing, recovery, or offending behaviour work that results in continued study or employment being deferred until they are ready. Either way, the Code4000 team will support them regardless of their circumstances and will continue to do so while ever there is a need.
What are our graduates doing now?
At the time of writing, 2 of our graduates are employed in the financial sector as software developers. They joined their respective organisations not long after leaving prison and started roles that were brokered by Code4000 while they were still in custody. One started work as a junior developer, the other as an apprentice developer. We are led to believe that they represent the highest entry point salary of any ex-prisoner in the UK who was supported into employment post-release. Feedback about their progress is hugely positive and attests to their skill-set and work readiness. Their ongoing success is evidence that Code4000's proof of concept model of skills and work-readiness training combined with bespoke, wrap-around support works, and is model we hope to replicate with future graduates and academies.
In addition to graduates in employment, 5 Code4000 graduates are currently self-employed or have their own web-development business. Of those graduates in self-employment, all of them are working as freelance web-developers. If taken together, every single one of our graduates who have been able to leverage their skills to garner employment or self-employment have all done so in the technology sector.
A further 2 graduates are now studying technology subjects in higher education.
We pride ourselves on being an inclusive programme and do not cherry-pick students as we believe every one can learn how to code. However, this does mean that not all of our students will be 100% work ready when they leave the academy. Currently there are 6 Code4000 graduates who we are supporting while they continue their coding training. The form of this further training is determined by the needs of each graduate. One graduate we have helped to successfully apply for a community based coding bootcamp; another is now being supported by both Code4000 and a mentor from the tech-community to work towards becoming a freelance developer. In other cases, coding training has taken a lower priority and we have worked with graduates, and other professionals, to plan a package of support whereby the Code4000 curriculum is continued alongside other interventions to help the graduate.
We are currently putting together a suite of case studies that we feel will better represent the work that we do and the experience of our students and graduates of the Code4000 programme. Check back soon for more information!