Turning to code

When Graham Hickson left school at 15 years old, little did he know that in 2016 he’d be a lead developer for an up and coming North East software company and teaching young people about software in his spare time.

“I’ve always had an interest in software and technology from a young age. I tried to do a few training courses when I was in my teens, but there weren’t many software courses or the same opportunities for people starting out without a degree” said Graham of Cramlington.

With no formal IT qualifications but a passion and natural flair for development work, Graham struggled to break in to the sector. It was after completing an intensive top up training course with DevAcademy, a Newcastle based IT training and resource provider, that he was offered a position as a lead developer. After seeing an advert on Facebook for the coding courses offered by DevAcademy, Graham got in contact for more details. “I knew the course was for people wanting to kick start their careers in the tech sector and I was really interested. To be given the essential skills and knowledge I’d need for a role sounded like a fantastic opportunity.” Having completed the course, Graham was offered a lead developer role at Powerhouse Software, a bespoke software studio based in Newcastle and has relished the opportunity to use his programming skills.

DevAcademy has helped to catapult the careers of numerous individuals in the region’s thriving tech sector by developing their skills and knowledge in IT. Rachel Peacock, Project Manager said: “Our business solution offers companies a pool of diverse talent whilst at the same time offering ambitious individuals an opportunity to gain exciting new employment within the sector.”

Applications for the next intake will open shortly. Interested applicants can visit www.devacademy.co.uk for more information. You can also follow DevAcademy on twitter @devacademyuk, Facebook and LinkedIn.