The Mayden Academy, an employer-led intensive training opportunity for entry level software engineers, has been launched in central Bath.

Bath and Bristol have been recognised as the biggest tech cluster outside of London and the continued success of the region depends on the retention and growth of developer talent.

It will be run by Mayden, which specialises in providing innovative, flexible cloud-based software solutions for the healthcare industry. The Mayden Academy will be an opportunity to increase skills in the digital health sector. To date, the Academy has already received over 120 applications from potential students.

Helen Barnes, Marketing & Business Development for Mayden said, “We’ve been really pleased with the quantity and quality of the applications. We’re in the midst of the recruitment process and feel confident of having a strong cohort joining the Academy in September’”

Minister for Skills, Nick Boles MP explained, “We listened when employers told us they needed more support to improve the skills of their workforce. The investment from the Employer Ownership of Skills Fund helps companies like Mayden train the next generation of engineers while our Trailblazers programme also puts employers in control of the training apprentices receive.”

“We’re delighted to be able to offer such a valuable opportunity to individuals seeking a new career in software development,” commented Mayden’s founder and managing director Chris May, “and we’re very grateful to have the support of BIS and the West of England LEP whose initiatives are helping to address the growing demand for software engineering talent in our region.”

The Mayden Academy is supported by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) through the Employer Ownership of Skills (EOS) Fund, specifically designed to fund employer training in sectors with recognised skill shortages. The scheme was introduced by the West of England LEP and supported by the West of England AHSN.

Posted on August 10, 2015

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