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City of Bristol College partners with Code Nation to bring Software Development courses to the South West

City of Bristol College announce their partnership with digital education provider and apprenticeship specialist Code Nation this week, expanding the provision of Software Development courses and apprenticeships to the UK’s booming South West market.

Code Nation, who operate across England provide Software Development apprenticeships and private training courses to create a viable solution to the digital skills gap; providing business-ready digital talent.

The partnership will enable people in the South West to access the transformational coding training needed to access roles with leading employers, starting future-proof careers in the fastest growing industry in the world thanks to the business-led programme.

Working directly with employers who require software developers, Code Nation engineer their training courses around the skills that modern businesses look for – problem solving, communication skills, commercial awareness, and of course, full-stack technical knowledge.

Bristol is home to notable employers such as Hewlett Packard, EE, and Just East, as well as global gaming company SG Digital who are already creating their new Bristol-based software developers through Code Nation’s apprenticeship programme. The city also has a growing tech community with meetups like Techspark and Venturefest.

We’ll also be hosting a free one-day introductory course for people who want to give coding a try. Next on the list will be the three-week coding course to identify future apprentice talent.

The growth of technology and the digital industry in Bristol saw over 30,000 digital jobs created and over £8bn digital-tech turnover in 2019.

Paul Rogers, City of Bristol College’s Head of Business Partnerships said: “The College welcomes the opportunity to work in partnership with Code Nation in the rapidly growing Bristol tech community. It will enable the college to continue to raise the aspirations for all learners with higher level, well-paid apprentice opportunities. Giving a high quality innovative way of establishing a long-term career pathway in one of the areas that is guaranteed to show huge growth for new talent. Bristol will be at the forefront of digital activity with many global brands establishing a base here, so whether you are starting your career or looking for a career change software developer could be just the answer.

Having harnessed funding from leading sector organisations through the apprenticeship levy, and local funding streams, the partnership will provide training in software development. Ex-students who have completed these courses have created fantastic coding careers of which 89% had no prior experience in the field.

The partnership between Code Nation and City of Bristol College comes after months of planning following the region’s status as one of Europe’s booming tech hubs, and Code Nation’s CEO is very pleased with their latest venture.

Andy Lord of Code Nation comments: “We’ve always had the South West on our radar and we’re delighted to have partnered with City of Bristol College to create a space to train the region’s next generation of digital talent. Bristol sees more and more individuals moving here to find work with their impressive digital employers – as well as being home to two billion-dollar tech firms”.

He continues, “Despite the current circumstances, we have the ability to run our courses for Bristol’s residence in the next few weeks thanks to our E-Learning platform. We’re proud to be able to bring our outreach programme here, running our 3-week course at no cost to those who are unemployed, or earning £16k or less. For many it’ll be the first step in finding a career in the digital sector – and what better place to look for their first role.

“We’ll also be hosting a free one-day introductory course for people who want to give coding a try. Next on the list will be the three-week coding course to identify future apprentice talent.

To sign up for the FREE taster day in Software Development please contact the Business Development team on 0117 312 5250 or email

You can find more information about Code Nation’s short courses on their website.

For any enquiries about Code Nation you can contact them on 0333 050 4570 or email