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SPECIALISATIONS

Level up with our 16-week CFGdegree in either data science, software or data engineering, full-stack or product management. Our CFGdegree is open by application and interview to high-potential women who want to pursue a career across data, software, full-stack or product management pathways with our partner companies. 

COURSE LENGTH

Each candidate will complete an eight-week foundation layer followed by six weeks in their specialisation area. We also have a couple of weeks dedicated to coding practice and a break week over this time. Candidates who successfully pass the CFGdegree will receive a certification.

DID WE MENTION IT IS 100% FREE?

No hidden costs or fees when you graduate, no IOUs, no debt. Just free learning and a potential job at the end with one of our partner companies or contracting opportunities. 

HAVE 1.5+ YEARS IN THE TECH INDUSTRY AND LOOKING TO BOOST YOUR CAREER?

If you have 1.5+ experience in tech and looking for a course to help you boost your tech career to the next level, check out our Mid-Level Accelerator course here

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OUR CFGDEGREE

COMPANY PARTNERS

All the companies below have or are supporting CFG members with sponsored places on our CFGdegree cohorts (with this list continually growing!). Each of these companies is playing such an important role in the education and training of women in tech, but also in providing job opportunities and work experience at the end of their CFGdegree, ultimately driving change and shifting the stats around diversity in tech.

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CAREER PATHWAYS

We partner with a range of companies who are working with us to provide this training and potential job roles at the end of the course for certified candidates. 

Your CFGdegree will train you up for a career pathway in either data science, software or data engineering, full-stack or product management with a range of roles that could be pursued.

Each company will be sponsoring CFGdegree places with the roles and opportunities listed below. The CFGdegree is 100% FREE for all candidates.

UK & IRELAND
OPPORTUNITIES

A one-of-a-kind learning experience and career pathway with some of the UK and Ireland's biggest players in tech!

INTERNTAIONAL
OPPORTUNITIES

The world is your oyster (literally!). Benefit from our specialised education and secure your dream job with our international partners.

education-only
OPPORTUNITIES

Take your own career to the next level with our education-only opportunities with your chance to take on contracting roles.

CFGDEGREE

SPECIALISATIONS

Software or Data Engineering CAREER PATHWAY

The skills you will learn in our Software or Data Engineering CFGdegree will allow you to explore a software engineering career pathway, with roles including software engineer, back-end programmer, Cyber Security, cloud engineer, solutions architect, devOps and more!

Software or Data Engineering CFGDEGREE
COURSE STRUCTURE

In this course introduction and troubleshooting session, we’ll delve into the fundamentals of version control with Git and GitHub. You’ll learn how to effectively manage your project’s codebase, collaborate with team members, and track changes seamlessly. Additionally, we’ll explore the principles of Agile methodology and the benefits of pair programming, enabling you to enhance productivity and foster better collaboration within your development team

Throughout this course, you’ll dive into programming fundamentals covering data types, functions, standard libraries, decision-making with if logic, Python data structures, testing, file I/O, and Python APIs

Throughout this course, you’ll explore key database fundamentals including data manipulation, table creation, SELECT queries, query optimization, logical operators, constraints, relational database design, primary and foreign keys, filtering, sorting, aggregation, joins, unions, subqueries, stored procedures, user-defined functions, views, locks, and database backup techniques

During this course, you’ll engage in a variety of activities, including a mock exam, exploring exception handling and debugging techniques, practicing testing methods such as Test-Driven Development (TDD) and unit testing. You’ll also undertake a Python project where you’ll build your own API connecting to a database, engage in coding practice sessions, receive career advice, and gain insights into project management strategies before the final exam.

Halfway there! We break for a reading week where you can catch up on any studies, continue practising your new skills, or have a few days of R&R.

Now that your foundation layer of learning has completed, your CFGdegree software specialisation starts to build out further with topics such as Object Orientated Programming and Python data structures, stacks and queues.

In this part of the course, you’ll delve deeper into complex data structures, exploring topics like linked lists, recursion programming and graphs.

The final weeks of the course will grow your knowledge and skills across algorithms and algorithm design. There will also be a final assessment as part of the course certification.

Data Science CAREER PATHWAY

DATA ANALYST - SCIENTIST - ENGINEER - AI/ML - ARCHITECT & MORE

The skills you will learn in our Data Science CFGdegree will allow you to explore a data career pathway, with roles including data analyst, machine learning, data architect, data scientist, applications/data visualisation engineer, business analyst, just to name a few!

Data Science CFGDEGREE
COURSE STRUCTURE

In this course introduction and troubleshooting session, we’ll delve into the fundamentals of version control with Git and GitHub. You’ll learn how to effectively manage your project’s codebase, collaborate with team members, and track changes seamlessly. Additionally, we’ll explore the principles of Agile methodology and the benefits of pair programming, enabling you to enhance productivity and foster better collaboration within your development team

Throughout this course, you’ll dive into programming fundamentals covering data types, functions, standard libraries, decision-making with if logic, Python data structures, testing, file I/O, and Python APIs

Throughout this course, you’ll explore key database fundamentals including data manipulation, table creation, SELECT queries, query optimization, logical operators, constraints, relational database design, primary and foreign keys, filtering, sorting, aggregation, joins, unions, subqueries, stored procedures, user-defined functions, views, locks, and database backup techniques

During this course, you’ll engage in a variety of activities, including a mock exam, exploring exception handling and debugging techniques, practicing testing methods such as Test-Driven Development (TDD) and unit testing. You’ll also undertake a Python project where you’ll build your own API connecting to a database, engage in coding practice sessions, receive career advice, and gain insights into project management strategies before the final exam.

You will also have time to test your knowledge and practise your coding in week seven.

Halfway there! We break for a reading week where you can catch up on any studies, continue practising your new skills, or have a few days of R&R.

Now that your foundation layer of learning has been completed, your CFGdegree data specialisation starts to build out further by growing your understanding of the different analytical libraries and packages including Pandas, NumPy, and Matplotlib.

In this part of the course, you’ll delve deeper into scientific data processes, exploring topics like machine learning, data cleaning, and data analysis.

The final weeks of the course will grow your knowledge and skills across predictive modelling, programming algorithms and evaluation. There will also be a final assessment as part of the course certification.

FULL-STACK DEVELOPER CAREER PATHWAY

The skills you will learn in our Full-Stack CFGdegree will allow you to explore all sorts of roles as a developer as you’ll learn both front-end and back-end skills, and how to connect the two. You’ll be able to take on roles like full-stack developer (obvs!), front-end developer, back-end developer, mobile app developer and loads more!

FULL-STACK CFGDEGREE
COURSE STRUCTURE

In this course introduction and troubleshooting session, we’ll delve into the fundamentals of version control with Git and GitHub. You’ll learn how to effectively manage your project’s codebase, collaborate with team members, and track changes seamlessly. Additionally, we’ll explore the principles of Agile methodology and the benefits of pair programming, enabling you to enhance productivity and foster better collaboration within your development team.

Throughout this course, you’ll dive into programming fundamentals covering conditions & logic, working with data, and practical applications in Javascript, alongside an introduction to the DOM, HTML, and CSS. 

During weeks 4-5 of the foundation course, you’ll learn about key areas of data management including database creation and SQL syntax, queries, logic operators, and constraints, plus a load more! You will also have a mini-break to recap your learning and revise before the first assessment.

During this course, you’ll practice debugging and testing in Javascript, and building APIs with Node.js. You’ll practice your new coding skills in sessions, and end the foundation module with an exam to demonstrate your new knowledge.

Halfway there! We break for a reading week where you can catch up on any studies, continue practising your new skills, or have a few days of R&R.

After completing your foundation layer of learning, your CFGdegree full-stack specialisation starts to build out further, kicking off with a deep dive into web dev and React. You’ll explore areas such as HTML, CSS (incl. Bootstrap), JavaScript, React and get into areas like design, interfaces, including  UX/UI concepts.

In this part of the course, you’ll delve deeper into navigation, Router props, React hooks and progress onto TypeScript.

The final weeks of the course will grow your knowledge and skills across version control, debugging, Linux, and the integration of back-end with front-end. There will also be a final assessment as part of the course certification.

PRODUCT MANAGEMENT CAREER PATHWAY

The skills you will learn in our Product Management CFGdegree will allow you to explore a product management career pathway, with roles in digital product management, growth product management, and technical product manager just to name a few!

product management CFGDEGREE
COURSE STRUCTURE

In this course introduction and troubleshooting session, we’ll delve into the fundamentals of version control with Git and GitHub. You’ll learn how to effectively manage your project’s codebase, collaborate with team members, and track changes seamlessly. Additionally, we’ll explore the principles of Agile methodology and the benefits of pair programming, enabling you to enhance productivity and foster better collaboration within your development team.

Throughout this course, you’ll dive into programming fundamentals covering conditions & logic, working with data, and practical applications in Javascript, alongside an introduction to the DOM, HTML, and CSS. 

During weeks 4-5 of the foundation course, you’ll learn about key areas of data management including database creation and SQL syntax, queries, logic operators, and constraints, plus a load more! You will also have a mini-break to recap your learning and revise before the first assessment.

During this course you’ll practice debugging and testing in Javascript, and building APIs with Node.js. You’ll practice your new coding skills in sessions, and end the foundation module with an exam to demonstrate your new knowledge. 

Halfway there! We break for a reading week where you can catch up on any studies, continue practising your new skills, or have a few days of R&R.

After completing your foundation layer of learning, your CFGdegree Product Management specialisation starts to build out further, kicking off with a deep dive into product manager role and responsibilities.

You’ll explore areas such as product vision, product lifecycle, product manager types and project work. You will gain knowledge in product initiation through market research, product mapping, prioritisation, development tools, data analysis and financials. 

In this part of the course, you’ll delve deeper into user experience design, prototyping, user story capture, hands on workshops and building the project alongside the development team. You will learn how to weigh trade offs between product requirements, design requirements, engineering efforts and quality in the development process.

The final weeks of the course will grow your knowledge and skills across managing your team and learning more about agile methodology and scrum master role. You will have a deep dive into quality assurance, testing and bug catching prioritisation, and product metrics to measure success. You will learn best practices in product documentation and iteration and develop various skills through assessment and final project presentation.

SPECIALISED EXTENSION WITH OUR +MASTERS

Some candidates may have the opportunity to develop specialised skills with our four-week extension with our CFGdegree +Masters courses, giving candidates an even deeper level of learning across DevOps & the Cloud, Data for Business, Cyber Security, AI & ML or Java specialisations. 

To take part in the +Masters, you will need to apply for a role at a company that is sponsoring both CFGdegree +Masters learning below. 

As companies will be sponsoring candidates through this learning, it will be completely free for successful CFG applicants with some great job opportunities attached!

CFGDEGREE APPLICATION PROCESS

The CFGdegree application process has a few stages to ensure all candidates have the right level of knowledge and are a good fit for the company and role/s they are applying for. Our CFGdegree is an intensive course, so we want to give all candidates the best chance of being successful on the course!

1. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Submit your application online for your chosen company. You can only submit ONE application for the CFGdegree. During the application, you can also specify two backup companies to be considered for if unsuccessful in your first choice.

2. ONLINE TECH ASSESSMENT

If you meet our initial eligibility criteria, you’ll be sent a tech assessment link to complete (ideally within 7 days). You can choose between software, full-stack or data assessment. You will need to score 50% or above to pass. Scores between 40-49% will be invited to retry a second time. 

3.VIDEO INTERVIEW - VIDEO Q&A

If you pass the tech assessment, you will then be invited to complete a short video interview online. It will have four questions for you to answer.

4. ASSESSMENT & INTERVIEW COACHING

Ahead of your invite to interview with a sponsor company – we will provide you with Confidence Coaching. At this stage, you may also be asked to complete a company-specific assessment.

5. INTERVIEW WITH COMPANY

The last stage is usually an interview with the company sponsoring your place and who may be offering roles to candidates at the end of the CFGdegree.

 

 

6. CONFIRMED PLACE

Yaaaasss kweeen! Once your place is confirmed, you’ll also receive loads more details via our programmes team on schedules etc.

FIVE REASONS TO

GET INVOLVED

HIGHLY REGARDED SKILL
SUPER IN DEMAND

Not only are qualifications in coding highly regarded, companies are actively looking to recruit more women to help close the gender gap across the industry.

GROWTH EACH YEAR
(AND SET TO CONTINUE)

Tech continues to grow each year, and this is predicted to continue over the next decade (and probably beyond!) Not only that, but it is growing everywhere.

INDUSTRY AGNOSTIC
AND CODING IS GLOBAL

The great thing about learning how to code is that you can work across multiple industries (and countries!) – finance to health to retail and more – so you’ll never get stuck in one place. 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES
LUCRATIVE CAREERS

With in-demand skills comes lucrative careers. You could start off as a developer and grow into a DevOps role or even move your way up to a CTO position. Plus, the pay is pretty good too!

HAPPIEST ROLES
JOB SATISIFICATION

Glassdoor checked, and according to their list, out of the top 25 happiest jobs,  at least ten tech-linked roles made the coveted positions. Salary, flex working, and job satisfaction were ⭐️

CONNECTING CODERS TO COMPANIES

OUR Summer 2024 COHORT OPPORTUNITIES

Applications for our Summer 2024 CFGdegree cohort.

Please make sure you check out the application requirements as some roles do have additional assessments or application requirements.

Please note: We recommend getting your application in as soon as you can. The CFGdegree places are in high demand and applications may close earlier for individual companies if all CFGdegree candidate interview places are filled.

UK & IRELAND OPPORTUNITIES:

Autumn 2024

Applications are now closed.

Please make sure you check out the application requirements as some roles do have additional assessments or application requirements.

Please note: We recommend getting your application in as soon as you can. The CFGdegree places are in high demand and applications may close earlier for individual companies if all CFGdegree candidate interview places are filled.

For more help understanding the opportunities listed, please check here!

Activision Blizzard Logo

Activision Blizzard is sponsoring places on multiple streams of our CFGdegree to educate, mentor and support candidates in securing a career in technology and gaming. 

ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

Do you dream of turning your passion for gaming into a rewarding career? The gaming industry is booming, offering exciting opportunities for creative and tech-savvy individuals.

Activision Blizzard is partnering with Code First Girls for the Autumn 2024 CFGdegree to give more women and non-binary people the chance to break into tech and create the tech career they want. Sponsoring places on the CFGdegree in (Software or Data) Engineering, Full Stack Development, Data Science & Product Management. 

Whether you’re interested in game design, development, programming, or business, this program provides the foundation to turn your love of gaming into a successful career.

Open to all candidates across London, Scotland, North West & South West England.

Candidates will be encouraged to actively seek employment in the technology industry with Code First Girls providing coaching and interview opportunities. 

SECURITY CLEARANCE AND ADDITIONAL INFO

Candidates must be based in Scotland, the North West of England, London or the South West of England.

The opportunity is for both the CFGdegree and +Masters, so candidates must be available to attend the courses on both dates.

MORE ABOUT ACTIVISION BLIZZARD 

Activision Blizzard is one of the most successful interactive entertainment companies in the world and is home to iconic IP such as Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft®, Candy Crush®, Diablo®, and Overwatch®.
Our mission is to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We have a passionate player base of over hundreds of millions of people in 190 countries. Our games break down barriers, encourage social connection, foster a sense of purpose, and provide people with a venue for healthy competition. Our goal is to have our players see themselves in our characters, narratives, and gameplay features, and we are committed to creating accessible, diverse, equitable, and inclusive experiences for gamers from all walks of life.

Activision Blizzard is headquartered in Santa Monica and has more than 50 offices around the globe. The business consists of Activision, Blizzard Entertainment, and King, along with numerous unrivalled studios.

Following decades as a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company that delivered superior shareholder returns, Activision Blizzard was acquired by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT).

Our award-winning philanthropic initiatives include the Call of Duty Endowment, which has placed 125,000 veterans into high quality jobs.

Please note: only apply for ONE CFGdegree role. We will capture other preferences in your form. 

Admiral Logo Code First Girls Partner

Admiral is sponsoring places on the CFGdegree to educate, mentor and support candidates in securing the tech careers and roles they want. 

ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

Admiral is partnering with Code First Girls for the Autumn 2024 CFGdegree to give more women and non-binary people the chance to break into tech and create the tech career they want.

Sponsoring places on the CFGdegree in (Software or Data) Engineering, Data Science & Full Stack.

Open to all candidates across Wales, Admiral will provide the opportunity for candidates to be apart of a mentorship programme that senior tech engineers will provide at Admiral.

Candidates will be encouraged to actively seek employment in the technology industry with Code First Girls providing coaching and interview opportunities. 

SECURITY CLEARANCE AND ADDITIONAL INFO

Candidates must be within a commutable distance of Wales & actively looking for a tech role. 

WHAT IS THE ROLE START DATE?

As this is an educational sponsorship, Admiral will provide you with a mentor from their engineering team within your second week of studying, this will continue until you finish the CFG degree.

BENEFITS

Candidates will be a part of a mentorship programme that senior tech engineers will provide at Admiral.

Candidates must actively seek employment in the technology industry externally. CFG will also aim to provide interview opportunities during and after completing their studies.

MORE ABOUT ADMIRAL

We’re proud to be partnering with Code First Girls to educate, mentor and support women in securing the tech careers they want.

Supporting our community has always been a key part of our culture at Admiral and we’re particularly interested in helping more people to look after their futures.

That’s why we’re proud to be working with Code First Girls whose passion and determination to create opportunities for more women to get into Tech aligns so well with our own values.

We’re excited to see the impact the Summer 2024 cohort will have on the growing Tech space in Wales and beyond. 

ABOUT ADMIRAL: 

You may know us as a household name in car insurance, but here at Admiral, we specialise in several areas of financial services.

As Wales’ only FTSE 100 company, we pride ourselves on the success we’ve built here, and a lot of that is down to having a diverse and inclusive workforce across all areas of our business.

Known for our test-and-learn approach, we recently launched Admiral Pioneer, a start-up hub with the aim to seed, launch and scale new business initiatives that will become key growth engines in the future (to learn more about our sister companies and start-ups check out Veygo and AFSL).

Please note: only apply for ONE CFGdegree role. We will capture other preferences in your form. 

dstl Logo

DSTL is sponsoring places on the (Software or Data) Engineering and Data Science CFGdegree to educate, mentor and support candidates in securing the tech careers and roles they want. 

ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILTY

DSTL is partnering with Code First Girls for the Autumn 2024 CFGdegree to give more women and non-binary people the chance to break into tech and create the tech career they want.

Sponsoring places on the CFGdegree in (Software or Data) Engineering & Data Science.

Open to all candidates across the UK, DSTL will provide mentorship to candidates on the programme.

Candidates will be encouraged to actively seek employment in the technology industry with Code First Girls providing interview opportunities where possible.

IS THERE VISA SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE? 

DSTL cannot extend or sponsor any visas. 

SECURITY CLEARANCE AND ADDITIONAL INFO 

  • Candidates must only hold British nationality
  • Open to all backgrounds
  • A university degree is not required, but the candidate must have a minimum of 2 GCSEs
 

MORE ON DSTL:

Do you have an inquisitive mind?

Do you like to understand how something works?

Are you interested in using your skills on classified projects you can’t see anywhere else?

Can you work in a team of world-class scientists and engineers? Then join Dstl!

WHO ARE DSTL?

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is the science, technology and engineering arm of the UK’s Ministry of Defence.

Dstl has set out a bold new vision as the government agency that provides the science inside UK defence and security.

To make this a reality, we are looking for motivated individuals who are inquisitive and have a desire to understand how technology and systems fundamentally operate, who can bring their developing technical experience into play to ensure that Dstl can meet the constantly evolving challenges of the digital age.

At Dstl, we harness science and technology to protect our nation and aims to attract the best talent.

We recognise the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas.

We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution.

We are taking positive action to actively encourage under-represented people.

We particularly welcome female and ethnic minority applicants and those from the LGBTQI community, as they are under-represented within Dstl.

It’s not the stuff that we can say that makes this an exciting opportunity….it’s the stuff we can’t – we offer hands-on work like no other, with unique capabilities, facilities and colleagues

We are looking for someone who has:

A passion for engineering and technology, and who is looking for more than just a job – a career.

You will work on a variety of interesting and challenging problems that owing to their sensitivity cannot be done elsewhere, and you will be driven by a desire to ensure that the United Kingdom’s armed forces have the best information and equipment possible.

In addition to your technical skills, you will develop an ability to think systematically, logically and creatively.

You will have a curiosity to understand how things work and why they perform as they do, and you will be able to communicate effectively at all levels with customers and stakeholders.

LINKS TO FIND OUT MORE:

More info on careers at Dstl HERE.

Candidate information pack HERE.

More about working at Dstl HERE.

READ MORE INFO ON DSTL:

AI & DSTLs ROLE 

More about the different areas of the business HERE.

WATCH FOR MORE INFO ON DSTL:

Being a Graduate Cyber Analyst at Dstl WATCH.

We Are Dstl WATCH.

AI Changing the Battlefield – AI at Dstl WATCH.

Dstl Participates in the AWS DeepRacer Challenge – Participants from the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (#Dstl) had three days to transform a ‘dumb’ car into one which could navigate a course using AI. The event was hosted by Dstl in conjunction with Amazon Web Services (AWS) at #Porton #Science Park. WATCH.

Please note: only apply for ONE CFGdegree role. We will capture other preferences in your form. 

Boohoo Logo

Boohoo is offering places on the (Software or Data) Engineering & Full Stack CFGdegree and +Masters in DevOps & Cloud and Java providing an opportunity to build up skills and switch to a career in tech. 

ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

Boohoo is sponsoring places on our Autumn 2024 (Software or Data) Engineering and Full-Stack specialisation and +Masters in DevOps & Cloud and Java. Open to all candidates, regardless of whether you are a recent graduate or a career switcher. 

IS THERE VISA SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE?

Boohoo cannot extend or sponsor any visas. 

WHAT IS THE ROLE START DATE?

The role starts in February 2025.

WORKING SITUATION 

Boohoo operates on a Hybrid working policy. Candidates must be willing to work in-office 4 days and 1 day working from home.

SECURITY CLEARANCE AND ADDITIONAL INFO

Candidates must have the right to work within the UK and pass a basic DBS check.

MORE ABOUT BOOHOO

Boohoo is sponsoring places on multiple streams of our CFGdegree, providing an opportunity to build valuable skills and kick-start a career in Tech within a multi-brand, e-commerce giant with offices worldwide and a passionate team of over 4,000.

Please note: only apply for ONE CFGdegree role. We will capture other preferences in your form. 

FFH Management Logo

FFH Management Service is offering places on the Full-Stack specialisation and a +Masters in Devops & Cloud linked to a potential 9 month internship for each successful graduate.

ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

FFH Management Services is sponsoring places on our Autumn 2024 Full-Stack specialisation. Open to all candidates, regardless of whether you are a recent graduate or a career switcher. A minimum of a university degree education is required

Job Description: Junior Software Engineer

IS THERE VISA SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE?

FFH Management Services cannot extend or sponsor any visas. You must have the right to work in Ireland with no visa restrictions.

WHAT IS THE ROLE START DATE?

The role starts in January 2025.

WORKING SITUATION 

  • 3 days a week in the office for induction, 2 days thereafter (more on rare occasions).
  • You must be either located in or able to commute to Dublin.

SECURITY CLEARANCE AND ADDITIONAL INFO

This is a 9-month contract with FFH which potential to progress to other roles within the company.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS 

  • Opportunities for guidance, mentorship and skill development
    Private health insurance for you, spouse and family upon completion of probationary period
  • A fair, friendly and fun environment where learning and work-life balance are prioritised
  • Join an ambitious team reshaping the way people build digital experiences
    Access to our
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for information, support, discussion, and counselling for life’s challenges
  • Life Assurance and Disability Insurance whilst an employee of the company
  • Upon completion of probationary period, private health insurance for you, spouse and family
  • Active social committee
    Regular (mid-morning) breakfast briefings with goodies

MORE ABOUT FFH MANAGEMENT SERVICES 

Fairfax Financial Holdings is primarily engaged in value investment management and is one of the largest Property and Casualty insurance company networks globally.

There are over 25 companies which employ over 15,000 personnel. Fairfax values honesty, hard work, and humility hence Fairfax’s modest public profile. In Dublin, FFH Management Services engages in Fairfax strategic partnerships, focused on Fairfax subsidiaries and affiliated companies.

We deliver global business services through Strategic Advisory Services., Financial Reporting, Technology Services, Mergers and Acquisitions. Despite Fairfax’s financial size, we take pride in our small office footprint, with the Dublin and Toronto offices each containing less than 60 people.

The low headcount ensures our office remains a supportive, collaborative, social environment with vast opportunities to make an impact on our operating companies.

Life Assurance and Disability Insurance whilst an employee of the company
Upon completion of probationary period, private health insurance for you, spouse and family
Active social committee
Regular (mid-morning) breakfast briefings with goodies

Please note: only apply for ONE CFGdegree role. We will capture other preferences in your form. 

Goldman Sachs Logo Code First Girls Partner

ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

Goldman Sachs is sponsoring places on the (Software or Data) Engineering CFGdegree specialisation with the opportunity of getting a place on their 10 week-long software engineering paid internship subject to passing a post-CFGdegree Assessment Centre Day and Technical Assessment.

IS THERE VISA SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE

Goldman Sachs cannot extend or sponsor any visas. Candidates must have permanent right to live & work in the respective location. 

WHAT IS THE ROLE START DATE?

The role starts in June 2025. 

WORKING SITUATION

Candidates must be willing to work in the office full-time. 

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS 

Candidates must have a University Degree to be eligible for this opportunity and they must attend an Assessment Centre day and pass a technical assessment upon successful completion of the CFGdegree to be offered a software engineering internship position.

MORE ABOUT GOLDMAN SACHS

Goldman Sachs’ mission is to advance sustainable economic growth and financial opportunity across the globe. Drawing upon over 150 years of experience working with the world’s leading businesses, entrepreneurs, and institutions, we mobilize our people and resources to advance the success of our clients, broaden individual prosperity and accelerate economic progress for all.

At Goldman Sachs, our Engineers don’t just make things – we make things possible. Build innovations that drive our business and financial markets worldwide. Solve the most challenging and pressing engineering problems for our clients. Join our engineering teams that build massively scalable software and systems, architect low-latency infrastructure solutions, proactively guard against cyber threats and leverage machine learning alongside financial engineering to continuously turn data into action. Create new businesses, transform finance, and explore a world of opportunity at the speed of markets.

Engineering is at the critical centre of our businesses. Our dynamic environment requires strategic thinking that is innovative and produces smart solutions. Want to push the limit of digital possibilities? Start here.

Please note: only apply for ONE CFGdegree role. We will capture other preferences in your form. 

MBDA Logo

MBDA is offering places on various streams on our Autumn cohort with roles in Bolton, Bristol & Stevenage providing an opportunity to build up skills and switch to a career in tech.

MBDA prefers applications from career switchers who have worked full-time in any kind of employment for around two years.  However, applicants from different walks of life are encouraged to apply, and you do not need to hold a university degree to apply for this role.

ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

IS THERE VISA SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE?

MBDA cannot extend or sponsor any visas. Candidates must have permanent right to live & work in the UK.

SECURITY CLEARANCE AND ADDITIONAL INFO

  • Candidates must be able to pass SC clearance
  • Candidates must be British Nationals
  • Candidates must lawfully reside and have the right to work in the UK without restrictions

WHAT IS THE ROLE START DATE?

January 2025

WORKING SITUATION 

Candidates must be willing to work in the office up to 5 days per week.

BENEFITS 

Check out MBDA’s benefits here.

MORE ABOUT MBDA

MBDA is a leading defence manufacturer in Europe, with close to 5,000 UK employees working together to deliver products that protect our nations, people and armed forces, as well as those of our allies.

We continually strive to be an inclusive employer of choice, and as a business, we support numerous initiatives trying to grow diversity in STEM professions, and within MBDA itself.

Our Dynamic Working policies enhanced parental leave, and other workplace benefits mean our people are trusted to work in ways that suit both their own needs and those of the organisation.

LINKS

MBDA’s Careers Page

MBDA’s LinkedIn

MBDA’s Instagram

MBDA’s YouTube   

Please note: only apply for ONE CFGdegree role. We will capture other preferences in your form. 

Bolton, UK
Bristol, UK
Stevenage, UK
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ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

At the start of your graduate scheme, we’ll help you settle in with a one-off payment of £5,000.

Flexible working hours, and the opportunity to work from home, may be available to you to help you achieve your ideal work-life balance.

Access to private medical care and an Early Careers wellbeing hub, including exclusive benefits from our partnerships with Mental Health UK and Headspace.

28-day holiday allowance plus bank holidays.

Depending on the path you take into LBG, we’ll help you to achieve an industry-recognised, professional qualification. Check the different programme pages for more details.

Discounted LBG products and services – from current accounts to car insurance.

In addition to your base salary, you’ll also receive additional benefits such as private medical insurance and pension.

MORE ABOUT LLOYDS BANKING GROUP

Lloyds Banking Group are the UK’s biggest digital bank, with 20 million digitally active users.

But there’s still so much more we want to achieve. 

Through more than £3bn investment into our people, technology and data, we’re enhancing our resilience and security against cyber threats, simplifying our architecture and putting cloud technology at the heart of everything we do – enabling our tech and data teams to make a real, positive impact to millions of customers, business and communities, every day. 

For you, that means the opportunity to apply your skills to projects that will drive widespread change, open new doors and pioneer better, faster, safer ways forward. 

Not only that, but you’ll have all the flexibility, the development and the resources you need to make your own journey every bit as exciting as ours.

Please note: only apply for ONE CFGdegree role. We will capture other preferences in your form. 

Data Science
Full Stack
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Morgan Stanley is offering places on the (Software or Data) Engineering CFGdegree specialisation linked to a role for each candidate who successfully passes an Assessment Centre upon completion of the CFGdegree.

ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

All candidates will need to hold or be working towards a university degree or higher and  have graduated or be graduating in 2024-25. In order to be offered a place as a Technology Analyst, candidates will need to pass a Hackerrank assessment following completion of the CFGDegree

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

  • Access to onsite health & fitness centre
  • Health screens and eye tests
  • Health and Wellbeing programme of speaker events and webinars on topics such as sleep, nutrition, exercise and mindfulness
  • Free membership to Headspace (app)
  • Free financial advice

MORE ABOUT MORGAN STANLEY

Morgan Stanley is a global financial services firm and a market leader in investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services.

At Morgan Stanley, we are shaping the future of our global business and contributing to our local community. Our team works across numerous areas, including Technology, Mathematical Modeling, Finance, Risk Management, Operations and Data & Analytics.

Please note: only apply for ONE CFGdegree role. We will capture other preferences in your form. 

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Sainsbury’s is offering places on the (Software or Data) Engineering, Full Stack & Data Science CFGdegree providing an opportunity to build up skills and switch to a career in tech. 

ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

BENEFITS

To learn more about Sainsbury’s benefits, click here

MORE ABOUT SAINSBURY’S

Joining our team at Sainsbury’s means being a part of an exceptionally dynamic and multi-faceted organisation that serves millions of customers daily. With the UK’s largest loyalty scheme and cutting-edge digital platforms, we handle an astonishing 1.2 billion transactions each year, offering a vast and intricate dataset that few can match.

You’ll be part of a collaborative and inclusive environment where we encourage curiosity, experimentation, and real-world problem-solving. With endless opportunities for growth and learning, you will be a valued member of our engineering community, continuously striving for improvement and contributing to the innovative techniques and technologies we employ.

Be part of a team that encourages innovation, values your expertise, and prioritises work-life balance while delivering exceptional results.

Serco

Serco is offering sponsored places on our Data Science, (Software or Data) Engineering & Full Stack CFGdegree providing an opportunity to build up skills and switch to a career in tech.

ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

Serco is partnering with Code First Girls for the Autumn 2024 CFG degree programme to give more women and non-binary people the chance to break into tech and create the tech career they want. 

Job Description: 

Data Scientists

Data Engineers

Full Stack Developers 

IS THERE VISA SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE? 

Serco cannot extend or sponsor any visas. Candidates must have permanent right to live & work in the UK. 

SECURITY CLEARANCE AND ADDITIONAL INFO

  • Candidates must hold a valid UK drivers licence or be learning to drive, and may be required to occasionally travel to other sites within the UK
  • Candidates must be able to pass a DBS check

WHAT IS THE ROLE START DATE?

January 2025

WORKING SITUATION

Tech teams within Serco will be expected to be in the office 1-2 days a week, with flexibility.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

  • Development and training – we are committed to investing and growing our employees to help them reach their full potential with our extensive Learning Management System.
  • Serco is committed to supporting colleagues with disabilities & health conditions of all types – neurological, physical and mental. As a Disability Confident Leader, we offer a range of workplace adjustments suited to everyone’s needs.
  • We have a Passport scheme, an Employee Assistance scheme and an active employee network of volunteers. As part of these schemes, we can offer assessments for neurological assessments to support colleagues and their managers in managing their conditions effectively at work
  • The Employee Assistance Scheme is a confidential and independent scheme. It can offer advice on pretty much anything – from finance to wellbeing! It also offers a free counselling service for anyone who needs it.
  • Serco People Fund supports Serco colleagues and their close families in the UK when they face extraordinary financial challenges.
  • Our maternity cover is 3 months at full pay, and 3 months at half pay.

MORE ABOUT SERCO

Serco Group Plc is a leading international service company, operating across various sectors including defence, justice, immigration, healthcare, transport, and citizen services. With a rich history spanning over five decades, Serco has established itself as a trusted partner to governments and organizations worldwide, delivering essential services with excellence and innovation.

At the heart of Serco’s operations is a dedicated team of professionals who are passionate about making a positive difference in the world. Guided by a strong set of values including integrity, collaboration, and innovation, Serco’s employees work tirelessly to deliver high-quality services that enhance the safety, security, and well-being of millions of people globally.

As a responsible corporate organisation, Serco is committed to operating ethically and sustainably, minimizing its environmental impact, and contributing to the communities in which it operates. Through its corporate social responsibility initiatives, Serco seeks to create lasting value for society while driving long-term business success.

Serco is an organisation that thrives because of its diversity of talent. The Data, Digital and Technology team sit at the heart of our business, enabling operations to deliver superb public services and transform citizen outcomes as we support governments globally. Serco is committed to harnessing the power of technology to drive transformative digital innovation and is heavily investing in major initiatives to bring emerging technologies to life, and better harness the potential of our existing tech.

In an ever-changing world, Serco remains steadfast in its commitment to excellence, innovation, and service excellence. With a forward-looking approach and a focus on delivering outcomes that matter, Serco continues to be a trusted partner.

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The event was hosted by Dstl in conjunction with Amazon Web Services (AWS) at #Porton #Science Park. Watch the video here

Please note: only apply for ONE CFGdegree role. We will capture other preferences in your form. 

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Skyscanner will be sponsoring candidates across three of our CFGdegree specialisations – (Software or Data) Engineering and Data Science and is keen to hear from candidates who want to switch careers into tech.

ABOUT THE SPONSORSHIP & ELIGIBILITY

Skyscanner will be sponsoring candidates across three of our CFGdegree specialisations – Data Science and (Software or Data) Engineering and are keen to hear from a range of candidates, particularly those who are keen to switch careers into tech. 

Skyscanner wants to give these sponsored places to those located in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh to help support the local communities they operate in, by providing opportunities for candidates to upskill and get into tech.

They would like to welcome applications from those with experience from any industry and you don’t have to have a degree to apply – just a passion for making the world a more awesome place through Tech.

They are also looking forward to using their Engineering prowess to help support you throughout the degree, so after graduation you can apply anywhere you like with confidence and begin the next phase of your career.   

MORE ABOUT SKYSCANNER:

Skyscanner is a global leader in travel helping travellers plan and book their trip with ease and confidence.

Every month Skyscanner connects over 100 million travellers in 52 countries and 30 languages to more than 1200 trusted travel partners so they can find the best flight, hotel or car hire options.

Making use of the latest technology, Skyscanner simplifies the complexity of travel and provides honest and transparent solutions, searching more than 10 billion prices every day so travellers can be sure they’ve seen the best possible options, all in one place.

Founded in 2003, Skyscanner has offices worldwide, in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America where traveller-first innovations are developed, powered by data and insights.

Skyscanner is committed to helping shape a more responsible future for travel in collaboration with our partners, so that every traveller can explore our world effortlessly for generations come.

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Zopa is offering sponsored places on our (Software or Data) Engineering CFGdegree providing an opportunity to build up skills and switch to a career in tech.

ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

Zopa is partnering with Code First Girls for the Autumn 2024 CFG degree programme to give more women and non-binary people the chance to break into tech and create the tech career they want. 

Job Description: Software Engineer

IS THERE VISA SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE? 

Zopa cannot extend or sponsor any visas. Candidates must have permanent right to live & work in the UK. 

SECURITY CLEARANCE AND ADDITIONAL INFO

Candidates must be willing to go through a financial check. 

WHAT IS THE ROLE START DATE?

February 2025

WORKING SITUATION

Zopa has a hybrid working policy with their office in London with a minimum of 2 days a week in the office. 

BENEFITS

  • Pension
  • Private healthcare
  • Life assurance
  • L&D budget
  • Flexi working
  • 120 days of work from anywhere
  • Mentor programme.

MORE ABOUT ZOPA

Hello there. We’re Zopa.

We started our journey back in 2005, building the first-ever peer-to-peer lending company. Fast forward to 2020 and we launched Zopa Bank. A bank that listens to what our customers don’t like about finance and does the opposite. We’re redefining what it feels like to work in finance. Our vision for a new era of banking puts people front and centre — we’ve built a business that empowers everyone to aim high, every day, to move finance forward. Find out more about our fantastic offerings at Zopa.com!

We’re incredibly proud of our achievements and none of it would be possible without the amazing team here. It’s not just industry awards we’re winning, we’ve also been named in the top three UK’s Most Loved Workplaces. If you embrace unconventional challenges, are unafraid to think differently and are driven to make an outsized impact, you’ll thrive here at Zopa, so join us, and make it count.

INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES:

AUTUMN 2024

Applications are now live for our Autumn 2024 CFGdegree cohort.

Please make sure you check out the application requirements as some roles do have additional assessments or application requirements.

Please note: We recommend getting your application in as soon as you can. The CFGdegree places are in high demand and applications may close earlier for individual companies if all CFGdegree candidate interview places are filled.

For more help understanding the opportunities listed, please check here!

** Applications will close at 5 PM Friday 28th June 2024 **

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Goldman Sachs is sponsoring places on the (Software or Data) Engineering CFGdegree specialisation open to candidates with a University Degree.

ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

Goldman Sachs is sponsoring places on the (Software or Data) Engineering CFGdegree specialisation with the opportunity of getting a place on their 10 week-long Software Engineering paid internship subject to passing a post-CFGdegree Assessment Centre Day and Technical Assessment.

IS THERE VISA SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE

Goldman Sachs cannot extend or sponsor any visas. Candidates must have permanent right to live & work in the respective location. 

WHAT IS THE ROLE START DATE?

The role starts in July 2025. 

WORKING SITUATION

Candidates must be willing to work in the office full-time. 

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS 

Candidates must have a University Degree to be eligible for this opportunity and they must attend an Assessment Centre day and pass a technical assessment upon successful completion of the CFGdegree to be offered a software engineering internship position.

MORE ABOUT GOLDMAN SACHS

Goldman Sachs’ mission is to advance sustainable economic growth and financial opportunity across the globe. Drawing upon over 150 years of experience working with the world’s leading businesses, entrepreneurs, and institutions, we mobilize our people and resources to advance the success of our clients, broaden individual prosperity and accelerate economic progress for all.

At Goldman Sachs, our Engineers don’t just make things – we make things possible. Build innovations that drive our business and financial markets worldwide. Solve the most challenging and pressing engineering problems for our clients. Join our engineering teams that build massively scalable software and systems, architect low-latency infrastructure solutions, proactively guard against cyber threats and leverage machine learning alongside financial engineering to continuously turn data into action. Create new businesses, transform finance, and explore a world of opportunity at the speed of markets.

Engineering is at the critical centre of our businesses. Our dynamic environment requires strategic thinking that is innovative and produces smart solutions. Want to push the limit of digital possibilities? Start here.

Please note: only apply for ONE CFGdegree role. We will capture other preferences in your form. 

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Morgan Stanley is offering places on the (Software or Data) Engineering CFGdegree specialisation linked to a role for each candidate who successfully passes an Assessment Centre upon completion of the CFGdegree.

ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

  • Access to mentorship
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Work-life balance

MORE ABOUT MORGAN STANLEY

Morgan Stanley is a global financial services firm and a market leader in investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services.

At Morgan Stanley, we are shaping the future of our global business and contributing to our local community. Our team works across numerous areas, including Technology, Mathematical Modeling, Finance, Risk Management, Operations and Data & Analytics.

Check out Morgan Stanley’s career video here

Please note: only apply for ONE CFGdegree role. We will capture other preferences in your form. 

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TUI is offering places on the (Software or Data) Engineering CFGdegree, providing an opportunity to build up skills and switch to a career in tech.

ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

TUI will be sponsoring candidates on the (Software or Data) Engineering CFGdegree specialisation. They are keen to hear from a range of candidates, particularly those who are keen to switch careers into tech.

Only candidates currently residing in the country where the office is located or those with a confirmed place to live and ready to relocate will be considered. Applications from individuals who do not meet these criteria will not be reviewed

TUI is one of the world’s leading tourism companies with a broad portfolio consisting of tour operators, travel agencies, airlines, hotels and cruise liners.

Job Description: Junior Software Engineer

IS THERE VISA SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE? 

TUI cannot extend or sponsor any visas. Candidates must have permanent right to live & work in the respective location. 

WHAT IS THE ROLE START DATE?

The role start date is to be confirmed

WORKING SITUATION

Candidates must be willing to work in the office a minimum of 2-3 times a week. 

MORE ABOUT TUI

TUI is one of the world’s leading tourism companies with a broad portfolio consisting of tour operators, travel agencies, airlines, hotels and cruise liners. We are on a mission to give our customers reasons to live happy on holiday.

Diversity is at the heart of our values – this is why we are offering places on the Software CFGdegree stream. We will be hiring candidates for junior engineering roles where, if successful, you will experience lots of exciting opportunities by writing software that helps our customers to find, book and experience their perfect holiday, through our website or mobile apps.

Please note: only apply for ONE CFGdegree role. We will capture other preferences in your form. 

Porto, Lisbon
Krakow, Poland

AVAILABLE COURSE DATES

Our CFGdegree is currently scheduled to take place three times a year. Traditionally, the course starts dates are across Summer (June), Autumn (September), and Spring  (February). Applications for each of these cohorts open approximately three months prior to the start date to allow for assessment and interviews. You can find out more about the application and selection process below.

SPRING 2024 COHORT
DATES: 26 FEBRUARY - 14 JUNE

16-week course including 1-2 break as part of the course duration.

Four nights/week (Monday - Thursday)

Nine-week foundation layer & six-week specialisation

SPRING 2024 APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

SUMMER 2024 COHORT
DATES: 13 MAY - 30 AUGUST

16-week course including a 1 week break as part of the course duration.

Four nights/week (Monday - Thursday)

Nine-week foundation layer & six-week specialisation


SUMMER 2024
APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

AUTUMN 2024 COHORT
DATES: 27 AUGUST - 13 DECEMBER

16-week course including a 1 week break as part of the course duration.

Four nights/week (Monday - Thursday)

Nine-week foundation layer & six-week specialisation

AUTUMN 2024 APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

+MASTERS DATES:
1 JULY - 26 JULY

4-week extension to the Spring CFGdegree
Four nights/week (Monday - Thursday)

+MASTERS DATES:
9 SEPTEMBER - 4 OCTOBER

4-week extension to the Summer CFGdegree Four nights/week (Monday - Thursday)

+MASTERS DATES:
6 JANUARY - 31 january

4-week extension to the Autumn CFGdegree Four nights/week (Monday - Thursday)

HELPFUL Q&A FROM CFGDEGREE ALUMNI

@CODERCOOK

Our amazing CFGdegree alumni @codercook, also known as Alexandra, has done an AMAZING Q&A sesh on the CFGdegree. In case you didn’t know, Codercook documented her journey as a CFGdegree graduate on the last Autumn/Winter cohort and has now gone on to a role at her sponsoring company as a Software Engineer working in Cloud. You can hit up her Insta here –> @codercook

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FAQS

Yes. As part of accepting a place on the CFGdegree, you will be asked to sign an agreement stating that you will accept a job offer from the sponsoring company if this is specified in the application.

Once the agreement is signed, receipt of your course certificate depends on the acceptance of the job offer and completion of any related interviews within the sponsor company.

No. Any position you are offered will start upon completion of the CFGdegree. If your application is successful you will find out further details about the role, including salary closer to the time. Note that this will vary depending on the company.

The roles available are dependent on the sponsoring company. This can vary between an internship, fixed-term contracts and full-time, permanent roles. Please read the job specification for each role before applying to see if it is suitable for you.

Yes, we have the mid-level accelerator course which aims to help more women drive their tech careers forward and create future tech leaders across multiple industries. It is pretty grim when it comes to gender diversity in mid- and senior-level roles in tech.

Check out our open Mid-Level Accelerator opportunities now

Other questions? Visit our knowledge base for more information.

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