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READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP in YOUR

TECH CAREER? 🚀

Introducing the Mid-Level Accelerator. An opportunity to unlock your own developer velocity and accelerate your tech career. 

Born out of a request from our amazing Ambassadors to help them develop their careers in tech, the Mid-Level Accelerator 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 – so we are here to drive change! 

WHY DO WE NEED THIS COURSE?

We are pretty sure we are speaking to the converted here, but in case you need some key stats to convince your bosses or wider network why we need this course, check out the key stats below.

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READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP in YOUR

TECH CAREER? 🚀

Introducing the Mid-Level Accelerator. An opportunity to unlock your own developer velocity and accelerate your tech career. 

Born out of a request from our amazing Ambassadors to help them develop their careers in tech, the Mid-Level Accelerator 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 – so we are here to drive change! 

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WHY DO WE NEED THIS COURSE?

We are pretty sure we are speaking to the converted here, but in case you need some key stats to convince your bosses or wider network why we need this course, check out the key stats below.

Applications will open on October 9th 2023, to be notified when applications go live register with your email.

⚠️ THE MID-LEVEL TALENT GAP

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WE KNOW THERE FEW WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

Only 5% of leadership positions in tech are held by women. That is incredibly low and we want to see this change!

WOMEN ARE OVERLOOKED FOR PROMOTIONS

For every 100 men, only 52 women in technical roles are being promoted to manager. Women are being overlooked.

WE VOLUNTEER TO DO MORE "GLUE WORK"

Women volunteer to do “non-promotable” work 48% more often than men, doing important “glue work” that goes unrecognised. 

LACK OF CAREER PROGRESSION & PATHWAY

60% of our career switchers have left their roles due to no clear career pathway or progression. 

MANY WANT THE OPPORTUNITY TO UPSKILL & STAY!

81% of our career switchers would have stayed in their roles if given the opportunity to upskill. 

WE KNOW THERE FEW WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

Only 5% of leadership positions in tech are held by women. That is incredibly low and we want to see this change! 

WOMEN ARE OVERLOOKED FOR PROMOTIONS

For every 100 men, only 52 women in technical roles are being promoted to manager. Women are being overlooked.

WE VOLUNTEER TO DO MORE "GLUE WORK"

Women volunteer to do “non- promotable” work 48% more often than men, doing important “glue work” that goes unrecognised. 

LACK OF CAREER PROGRESSION & PATHWAY

60% of our career switchers have left their roles due to no clear career pathway or progression. 

MANY WANT THE OPPORTUNITY TO UPSKILL & STAY!

81% of our career switchers would have stayed in their roles if given the opportunity to upskill. 

👋 HELLO MID-LEVEL ACCELERATOR

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Open to those already in tech with 1.5+ years technical/coding experience with language experience in either Python, JavaScript or Java or Data experience, this course will empower you with the skills, knowledge and career-proofing to take your tech career to the next level. 

COURSE COMMITMENT

Each candidate will complete a part-time 16-week course (with a break week included) to allow for flexibility around full-time work or other duties.  Candidates who successfully pass the Mid-Level Accelerator will receive a certification and go on to roles within our sponsoring partner organisations.

100% FREE LEARNING

Just like all of our courses, the Mid-Level Accelerator is 100% free for all students. There are no secret or hidden fees, or pay us upon completion, and no debt. We work with our partner companies to ensure this education is free for all learners.

LINKED TO EMPLOYMENT

The Mid-Level Accelerator will be linked to opportunities at our partner partners. These roles will be Mid-Level technical roles. For internal employees, the MLA will give you an opportunity to progress your career to the next level!

COURSE COMMITMENT

Each candidate will complete a part-time 12-week course (with a break week included) to allow for flexibility around full-time work or other duties.  Candidates who successfully pass the Mid-Level Accelerator will receive a certification and go on to roles within our sponsoring partner organisations.

100% FREE LEARNING

Just like all of our courses, the Mid-Level Accelerator is 100% free for all students. There are no secret or hidden fees, or pay us upon completion, and no debt. We work with our partner companies to ensure this education is free for all learners.

LINKED TO EMPLOYMENT

The Mid-Level Accelerator will be linked to opportunities at our partner partners. These roles will be Mid-Level technical roles. For internal employees, the MLA will give you an opportunity to progress your career to the next level!

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Open to those already in tech with 2+ years technical/coding experience with language experience in either Python, JavaScript or Java or Data experience, this course will empower you with the skills, knowledge and career-proofing to take your tech career to the next level. 

OUR MID-LEVEL ACCELERATOR

COMPANY PARTNERS

All the companies below have or are supporting CFG members with sponsored places on our MLA cohorts (with this list continually growing!). 

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Tesco Bank Logo Code First Girls Partner
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Capital One Logo
Admiral Logo Code First Girls Partner

⚡️WHAT SKILLS WILL YOU DEVELOP?

We want you to unleash your own developer velocity and we’ll be helping you do this through the Mid-Level Accelerator in numerous ways you can see below. Our course has been developed with a HUGE amount of research as well as insights and focus groups with both our community and clients.

BUILDING A T-SHAPED SKILL SET

  • Go-to person for their specialism 
  • Empathy and understanding of other tech roles
  • Women thrive when they both technically specialise and collaborate

TECHNICAL LEADERSHIP

  • Pathway to senior individual contributor or technical management roles
  • Focus on tech professional skills → mentoring, team work, stakeholder communication, making technical decisions

AGILITY AND AUTOMATION

  • Modern software development processes
  • Focus on Agile, DevOps and automation with deployment to the cloud

INNOVATIVE AND INCLUSIVE PRODUCTS

  • Build products with DE&I at the cores
  • Techniques in the software development process to foster the development of inclusive products

BUILDING DEVELOPER VELOCITY & MID-LEVEL ACCELERATION BY:

Safe spaces

CREATING SAFE SPACES

  • Facilitate a unique psychological safe space
  • Positive learning culture
  • Enable women to understand their value
Full Lifecyle

FOCUS ON FULL LIFECYCLE SKILLS

  • Technical professional skills in a full-stack, full-lifecycle curriculum
  • Enable women to understand challenges and manage up
Innovative Thinking

EMPOWER INNOVATIVE THINKING

  • ‘Future-tech’ thinking is interspersed throughout the course
  • Enable women to adapt to change, drive innovation and develop future tech solutions 

95% WOULD RECOMMEND TO THOSE WANTING TO IMPROVE THEIR CAREER IN TECH

MID-LEVEL ACCELERATOR:

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

16-weeks including T-shaped skills development, technical professional skills and career progression support with live lab sessions where students get to experience a full modern software development life cycle.

WeekS 1-2

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT LIFECYCLE: INITIATION AND DISCOVERY

WeekS 3-4

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT LIFECYCLE: INITIATION AND DISCOVERY

weekS 5-6

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT LIFECYCLE: INITIATION, DISCOVERY AND SPRINT 1

WEEKS 7-8

MODERN FULL-STACK LIFECYCLE: DEVELOPMENT, TESTING AND DEPLOYMENT

WEEKS 9-10

MODERN FULL-STACK LIFECYCLE: DEVELOPMENT, TESTING AND DEPLOYMENT

WEEKS 11-12

MODERN FULL-STACK LIFECYCLE:DEVELOPMENT AND SPRINT 2

WEEKS 13-14

MODERN FULL-STACK LIFECYCLE: DEVELOPMENT AND LIGHTNING TALKS

WEEKS 15-16

MODERN FULL-STACK LIFECYCLE: DEVELOPMENT, SPRINT 3 AND RETRO

+MASTERS SPECIALISATIONS

OPPORTUNITIES TO PROGRESS INTO CYBER, AI & MORE

As part of the sponsored Mid-Level Accelerator, some companies will also be offering additional learning opportunities with our +Masters. With this additional learning specialisation, candidates will be able to upskill across areas such as Cyber Security and AI&ML, putting these skills to use inside their sponsoring partner company.

+MASTERS SPECIALISATIONS

OPPORTUNITIES TO PROGRESS INTO CYBER, AI & MORE

As part of the sponsored Mid-Level Accelerator, some companies will also be offering additional learning opportunities with our +Masters. With this additional learning specialisation, candidates will be able to upskill across areas such as Cyber Security and AI&ML, putting these skills to use inside their sponsoring partner company.

💻 MID-LEVEL ACCELERATOR APPLICATIONS

The MLA 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 MLA is an intensive course, so we want to give all candidates the best chance of being successful on the course!**

1. TAILORED APPLICATION & CAMPAIGN

Submit your application via the links below.

Choose one company sponsor with a linked role.

2. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

You will need to meet the eligibility criteria for the MLA. This includes minimum 1.5+ years experience in a tech role (e.g. Junior Software Developer, Data Analyst etc). You will also need to meet the eligibility criteria for the company you are applying for. 

3. INDUSTRY TECH ASSESSMENTS

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be invited to complete a technical assessment. You will be able to choose from either: Python, Data, Java or JavaScript. You will need to achieve 50% or more to pass and move to the next stage. 

4. CFG VIDEO INTERVIEW

Upon successful completion of the tech assessment, you will be invited to complete a short video interview. In this video interview we will want to understand more about your motivations for applying and see your personality shine!

5. CONFIDENCE 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.

6. INTERVIEWS WITH CLIENT

The last stage is an interview with the company sponsoring your place and linked job role.

Internal candidates start their journey here.

CONFIRMED PLACE!

Excitement plus! All confirmed candidates will receive all the details they need to start the MLA!

MID-LEVEL ACCELERATOR:

OPEN OPPORTUNITIES

Early applications are now OPEN for our Mid-Level Accelerator Autumn’24 cohort.

Please make sure you check out the application requirements and only submit one application. Applications are open until 19th July but may close earlier due to high demand. 

For more help understanding the MLA and our application process, please check here!

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ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

CFG is offering a limited number of spots for motivated individuals, with 1.5 years of tech experience, to enroll in the MLA program, enhance their skills and take their career to the next level.

100% free, the MLA will prepare you for the next step in your tech journey and can also open up doors to contracting opportunities with CFG partner companies.  

This opportunity is open to all candidates with a wide range of tech experience, whether you’re looking to upskill, develop further, or re-enter the tech industry after a leave of absence.

We seek candidates who can take ownership of tickets and projects, are innovative, creative, and passionate about developing in the tech industry. Successful candidates must be able to work effectively in a team, support others, and have the potential for future leadership roles.

A minimum of 18 months to 2 years of experience in the tech industry is preferred.

IS THERE VISA SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE? 

No, candidates must be based and living in the UK only.

Please note: Only apply for ONE Mid-Level Accelerator role.

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ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

Thales is sponsoring places on the Java specialisation for this role in Cheadle, Crawley and Templecombe. They are looking for candidates with some experience in Java, C++, Rust, Linux, building programmes in OOP manner, Agile methodology, how to interface to hardware etc; however would be open to candidates from different technical backgrounds.

Read more about the job description here:

Underwater Systems Software Engineer

IS THERE VISA SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE? 

No, Thales will not be sponsoring visas. You will need to have the right to work in the UK.

SECURITY CLEARANCE AND ADDITIONAL INFO

Candidates will need to be eligible for full Security Clearance level, meaning they must have must have been resident in the UK for the last 5 years with no significant periods overseas, and be a UK national only. For this role, due to government security requirements, the term ‘UK Nationals’ must exclude anyone who is a dual national or naturalised British (i.e. originally a foreign national)

WHAT IS THE ROLE START DATE? 

Roles with Thales will commence in February 2025. 

BENEFITS
 
● Annual pay reviews
● Support from dedicated managers.
● 201 hours of holiday per annum.
● Early finishes on a Friday.
● Volunteering hours
● Company pension scheme
● Life assurance
● Healthcare cash plan
● Employee assistance programme
● Discount shopping scheme, plus options for pay conversion on other benefits such as childcare vouchers, cycle to work, charitable giving, annual holiday buy and sell.
 
WORKING SITUATION 

Thales operates on a hybrid policy. Candidates must be willing to attend the office 4 days per week due to the security nature of the role.

MORE ABOUT THALES

For more than a century, Thales has exploited technology for the nation’s benefit, developing world-leading capabilities that help our customers think smarter and act faster.

We’re a global business with over 7,000 people in the UK, working across every country of the Union. For many years, Thales has contributed to the security and stability of this nation by providing extraordinary technology to our customers in Government and industry.

Operating across aerospace, defence, digital security, transport and space, we help keep the nation safe and secure while contributing £1.6bn in economic value each year. But with such scale comes responsibility.

To achieve sustainable growth we must take a holistic approach to our business and create value beyond our bottom line; we need to consider the wider impact of our activities on our customers, employees and communities.

WHY CHOOSE THALES?

At Thales, we work in diverse sectors generating exciting and creative solutions for our customers. We believe the best way we can serve our people as well as our customers is to ensure that we continuously work to build an environment in which you and all your colleagues feel respected for who you are and the value that your individuality brings to the organisation. Collectively, Thales people make the company and its culture what it is and we all deserve to feel that we belong and can be at our best.

We are striving to create a workplace in which you can authentically Be You, With Us. This requires on-going, deliberate attention from all of us and is something you’ll have the opportunity to help shape as we share much more about this in the months and years ahead.

As a business we provide CAREERS and not only jobs. With Thales employing 80,000 employees in 68 countries, our mobility policy enables thousands of employees each year to develop their careers at home and abroad, in their existing areas of expertise or by branching out into new fields. Together we believe that embracing flexibility is a smarter way of working.

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free recruitment process. We will provide reasonable adjustments and support to ensure neuro-diverse applicants or those with a disability or long-term condition can be their best during the recruitment process.

We’re committed to giving you opportunities to be your best. We believe in embracing the passion and potential of our people, and to achieve this we offer market leading training, development and experiences, along with the opportunity to be mentored and coached by some of the smartest minds in the industry. We hire from within as our first priority, so you’ll have a myriad of opportunities within our diverse, global organisation.

For more information on Thales’ careers click here.

Please note: Only apply for ONE Mid-Level Accelerator role.

Natwest Group Code First Girls Partner

ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

NatWest are sponsoring places on the Java, JavaScript and Python specialisations.

NatWest are looking to place candidates into the business as Software Engineers, across either Edinburgh and Manchester. 

You can read more about the Software Engineer role with the job description below:

IS THERE VISA SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE?

No, for this role, NatWest will not be sponsoring visas. You will need to have the right to work in the UK. 

SECURITY CLEARANCE AND ADDITIONAL INFO

All candidates will be required to undergo financial background checks.

MORE ABOUT NATWEST

Inclusion – By understanding the needs of our colleagues we attract even more great people to work here.

We hire the best people for the position on offer.

Regardless of gender, race, culture, creed or physical abilities. And we always will.

Reward – We believe that rewards are about more than the salary you receive for a job well done.

And we know that no one knows what’s right for you better than you do.

By offering a range of flexible benefits, we give you the chance to choose what’s most important for your lifestyle today, and for your future tomorrow.

Please note: Only apply for ONE Mid-Level Accelerator role.

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ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

Admiral are sponsoring places on Python, Javascript, Data & Java for this mentorship opportunity in Wales.

They require a minimum of 2+ years experience in a technical role.

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 develop in Tech aligns so well with our own values. 

We’re excited to see the Mid-Level Accelerator’s impact on the growing Tech space in Wales and beyond.

Please note: Only apply for ONE Mid-Level Accelerator role.

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ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

Capital One are sponsoring places on the Java specialisation for this role in Nottingham. 

They require a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a technical role.

Read more about the job description here:

IS THERE VISA SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE?

Yes, for this role, Capital One will be sponsoring visas. 

SECURITY CLEARANCE AND ADDITIONAL INFO

All candidates will be required to undergo financial background checks.

WHAT IS THE ROLE START DATE?

Roles with Capital One will commence in April 2024 (post MLA completion and secondary interview).

ABOUT CAPITAL ONE

Want to shape tomorrow? If you think Capital One is just a credit card provider, think again. In many ways, we’re as much a technology business as a finance company. 

We pioneered the use of predictive modelling in this industry, and today we still look at credit the way tech companies look at everything – with a view to changing the way people live.

It all makes this an inspiring place to launch your career. We’re an award-winning employer because we encourage freedom, embrace creativity and offer the chance to take on meaningful work in collaborative teams right from the start. 

We’re committed to creating a level playing field and seek to create teams that are representative of our customers and the communities we serve. 

We’d love to hear from you if you identify with a typically under-represented group in our industry and are particularly keen to hear from women and ethnic minority candidates.

We’re inspiring because we’re inclusive. A game changer because we never stop pushing ourselves. Great because of you.

You can find out more about Capital One via the link below: 

Please note:  Only apply for ONE Mid-Level Accelerator role.

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ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

Capital One are sponsoring places on the Java specialisation for this role in Nottingham.

They require a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a technical role.

Read more about the job description here:

IS THERE VISA SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE?

Yes, for this role, Capital One will be sponsoring visas. 

SECURITY CLEARANCE AND ADDITIONAL INFO

All candidates will be required to undergo financial background checks.

WHAT IS THE ROLE START DATE?

Roles with Capital One will commence in April 2024 (post MLA completion and secondary interview).

ABOUT CAPITAL ONE

Want to shape tomorrow? If you think Capital One is just a credit card provider, think again. In many ways, we’re as much a technology business as a finance company. 

We pioneered the use of predictive modelling in this industry, and today we still look at credit the way tech companies look at everything – with a view to changing the way people live.

It all makes this an inspiring place to launch your career. We’re an award-winning employer because we encourage freedom, embrace creativity and offer the chance to take on meaningful work in collaborative teams right from the start. 

We’re committed to creating a level playing field and seek to create teams that are representative of our customers and the communities we serve. 

We’d love to hear from you if you identify with a typically under-represented group in our industry and are particularly keen to hear from women and ethnic minority candidates.

We’re inspiring because we’re inclusive. A game changer because we never stop pushing ourselves. Great because of you.

You can find out more about Capital One via the link below: 

Please note:  Only apply for ONE Mid-Level Accelerator role.

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ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

Ordnance Survey are sponsoring places on the Data specialisation for this role.

Ordnance Survey have offices based in Southampton, but are open to applications from anywhere in the UK. 

Our growing Technology and Design team plays a key role in ensuring OS is at the cutting edge of geospatial capability and is looking for people to join them. Its mission is to work across the business to provide customer-centric design and technology services.

Join us and you’ll have an opportunity to make an impact. To empower projects that deliver real-world benefits across Britain and internationally. To hear our customers say they couldn’t have done it without us. And to be central to OS’s vision: to be recognised as a world leader in geospatial services; creating location insight for positive impact.

Ordnance Survey is looking for candidates with at least 3 years of experience. The following tech experience is also welcomed:

  • Azure data engineering (A background in AWS would be good if you have no Azure experience)
  • Azure Databricks
  • Including the Apache Sedona Geospatial, Library, Apache Spark, Scala ( a grounding in coding fundamentals from any common language is helpful e.g. Python, Java, C#), Git, Testing – including TDD (Test Driven Development)

IS THERE VISA SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE?

No, for this role, Ordnance Survey will not be sponsoring visas. You will need to have the right to work in the UK. 

SECURITY CLEARANCE AND ADDITIONAL INFO

Ordnance Survey conducts DBS background checks for all joiners and some of their roles require additional security clearance, including to SC or DV level in some cases.

WHAT IS THE ROLE START DATE?

Roles with Ordnance Survey will commence March/April 2024 (post MLA completion).

MORE ABOUT ORDNANCE SURVEY

Ordnance Survey is the UK’s oldest organisation and, you could say one of the world’s oldest start-ups! 

With that kind of history, innovation and learning are part of its DNA. Hence, it’s no surprise that core to its offer to all employees is a commitment to ongoing personal and professional development. 

Its learning culture aims to create the opportunity for everyone to develop their capability and skills by offering a range of ways to develop in work, from and with others, and through more formal training. 

Through OS’ robust skills and development strategy, employees can benefit from resources including internal and external training and events, mentoring and network support, access to learning and skills platforms, and structured training.

You can find out more about Ordnance Survey via the links below: 

Please note:  Only apply for ONE Mid-Level Accelerator role.

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ABOUT THE ROLE & ELIGIBILITY

MDRx are sponsoring places on the Python specialisation in London.

MDRx is looking for Software Engineers with  3 – 5 years experience. MDRx would love to hear from candidates who may have developed some of the skills below as part of previous roles: 

  • Great tech skills you can bring to the table
  • Ability to work with clients and present back solutions to them
  • Ability to build tech and speak confidently about what you have created 
  • Working alongside team members, collaborating on key projects for clients
  • Able to adapt to changing requirements in a fast-growing business
  • Looking to develop further with new challenges and opportunities!

IS THERE VISA SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE?

No, for this role, MDRX will not be sponsoring visas. You will need to have the right to work in the UK. 

MORE ABOUT MDRX

We are a team of Strategists, Designers, Software Engineers, Data Scientists, and Product Managers, all changing the face of consultancy by putting meaning into digital transformation. If this sounds like you, check our open positions.

We’re a bit of an anomaly: a startup tech consulting company backed by an established law firm. The ‘startup’ part means there’s a lot of room for employee autonomy and opportunity to help design the company, whereas the ‘law firm’ part is why we have nice benefits, pretty conference rooms, and a runway to succeed.

We specialise in emerging tech, and we’re on a pretty hefty mission to change the face of consultancy, putting meaning behind digital transformation by delivering experiences for customers that create value and impact. That also means our culture cares about people, not just profit, but not just utilisation.

Our law firm origins allow us to combine leading business, tech, and legal expertise. That tends to look like building software that’s legally complex… but we go for the interesting stuff, which is why we often end up in Web 3.0, Metaverse, or Data Analytics worlds.

We work with a variety of sizes of organisations, from funded startups to large companies to government agencies, but we always try to deliver value in an agile manner.

You can find out more about MDRX via the links below: 

Please note: Only apply for ONE Mid-Level Accelerator role.

MID-LEVEL ACCELERATOR COHORT DATES 🗓️

Our MLA is currently scheduled to take place two times a year. 

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 above. 

WINTER 2024 COHORT
DATES: 29 JANUARY - 19 APRIL

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

Four nights a week (Monday - Thursday)

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

AUTUMN 2024 COHORT
DATES: 23 SEPTEMBER - 13 DECEMBER

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

Four nights a week (Monday - Thursday)

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

MID-LEVEL ACCELERATOR

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

With this being a completely new programme for Code First Girls, we anticipate that you may have loads of questions!

We’ve done our best to compile a list of the most common ones (follow the button link below to our community FAQ page), but for any others, please do reach out!

The Mid-Level Accelerator (MLA) programme is open to any candidates with a minimum of 1.5+ years in a tech role, who wish to upskill their technical and professional skills to progress into mid-level roles within the tech industry. 

The programme aims to develop and accelerate women with coding experience to the next level and help you move forward on your career path, no matter where you are in your career. 

The MLA programme lasts for 16 weeks but can be boosted (depending on the opportunity being offered by the sponsoring company) with a 4-week +Masters that aims to upskill individuals into a new specialism and/or develop mid-level specialists.

You are eligible to apply for the MLA as long as you : 

  • Identify as a woman or non-binary individual
  • Are 18 years or over at the time of application
  • You must be available to accept a position within the sponsoring company and in their selected working region 
  • Have 1.5+ years of experience working within a tech role within the industry
  • Have experience in working with either Python, Javascript, Data (SQL) or Java within the last 2-5 years
  • Have the passion to excel in any technical discipline 
  • Have the commitment to move to the next level within your career, and an eagerness to learn and succeed

Each sponsoring company has different requirements, so it’s important that you read each application carefully – especially regarding location, educational background and eligibility to work in the UK. 

To apply for the MLA you will need to complete the following steps:

 

  • Read through all opportunities available, and ensure you understand the role you are applying for and meet the criteria and requirements 
  • Complete the application form and upload your CV 
  • If you meet all the eligibility criteria for the role applied for, you will be invited to complete a tech assessment
  • Complete the industry-standard tech assessment within three (3) days of receiving it 
  • If you pass the tech assessment, you will be invited to the next stage, and asked to complete a short self-recorded online interview
  • Ensure you have completed all steps by the deadline 
  • Once the deadline has passed, all applications will be considered, and if you are successful, you will receive an email inviting you to attend an interview. If you are unsuccessful, you will receive an email confirming this
  • You may also receive an invitation to attend confidence coaching to support you at the interview stage
  • Once interviewed, the company will shortlist all candidates and if successful, you will be offered a place on the MLA and a role within the company

If you have completed and passed the CFGdegree, and been in your tech role for over 1.5 years, you are eligible to apply for the MLA.

You are also welcome to speak to your own company and ask if they would be willing to sponsor you on the course themselves. 

It is not a requirement to have completed the CFGdegree with Code First Girls to apply for the MLA, but you must have at least two years experience in a tech role.

Yes! There are many reasons that somebody who is already mid-level would like to apply – returning to tech after a long break, redundancy, a desire to change specialism. We are open to this – please just make sure to carefully check the company requirements when applying to ensure you fit the criteria.

Yes, to accept a place on the MLA you will need to give notice to your current employer.

Please read each company application criteria carefully, and do not resign from your current role until you have written confirmation from the company.

However, if you would prefer to stay in your current role, you are welcome to ask your current company if they would sponsor you on the programme. Please speak to your manager about your interest in completing our training and if they are keen to find out more they can request a meeting with us via the following form

At this time, we do not offer CFG Sponsored places on the MLA with no job role.

Please read our CFGdegree Visa guidelines here. The guidelines are the same for both opportunities. We would also ask that you read the company requirements prior to applying, and ensure you meet this criteria to avoid being rejected further down the line. If there are no opportunities that meet your current circumstances, please check the company requirements next cohort to see if there are opportunities for you.

Our first ‘pilot’ MLA began in January 2024 with a  smaller cohort and number of partners.

This allowed us to collect valuable feedback from our candidates, clients and wider team.

After the first pilot cohort we intend to run two full cohorts per year in the future.

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