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About Us

Our Mission

To inspire and accelerate new possibilities for future tech masters by engineering the UK’s most industry-led and community-driven tech education hub.

Our Vision

The UK’s gold standard for tech education, delivering the industry’s future innovators from society’s most underrepresented groups.

Our Story

The Coders Guild is a well-respected training provider with over seven years’ experience designing and delivering high-quality digital apprenticeships.

We initiated the UK’s first industry-led digital apprenticeship scheme in 2012

Our founder, Crispin Read, assembled a team of developers, business owners, community leaders and training experts to work together to devise a brand new apprenticeship scheme, with a focus on inclusion, to increase opportunity and diversity in the digital industries.

We helped create the UK’s national standards

After two successful deliveries the team was asked to join the Tech Partnership’s trailblazer pilot scheme, which led to the creation of the new National Apprenticeship Standards in Software Development, to which all registered providers must now adhere.

Our clients range from SMEs to universities

We deliver ‘best in class’, industry-led training and coaching for CPD / Digital Apprenticeships and provide both technical and core/soft digital skills training nationally. Our clients range from SMEs to large, levy-paying organisations such as universities and NHS Digital.

In the pipeline for 2020/2021…

We currently specialise in providing Level 4 Software Development Apprenticeships. However, we are rolling out new Apprenticeship Training schemes in 2020 including Level 3 ICT Apprenticeship roles and Level 4 Apprenticeship in Software Testing and Level 4 Apprenticeship in Data Analysis, with more in the works for 2021.

Core Objectives and Values

The Coders Guild is dedicated to our strong social mission. We are an inclusive organisation that is committed to taking action to remove barriers to participation in learning. We support individuals by reducing discrimination and barriers to entry, resulting in increased equality and opportunities.

Core Team


Founder & Director

Heads up the mastermind team who are on mission to make high quality digital skills training and tech education equally accessible to every person and every business.


Executive Assistant to Crispin Read

Provides executive assistance to Crispin and supports the wider team through events and logistics.


Lead for Employment and Skills

Builds valuable collaborations with all the right organisations - from local authorities to global charities and everything in between.


Head of Partnerships

Engages with employers to match them up with our superstar apprentices. She will work with you to drive growth and success for your business and teams.


Junior Web Developer

Develops our website and acts as our IT department (Oh! is also completing his apprenticeship too).


Digital Marketing Apprentice

Supports the comms team as our digital marketing apprentice. Creates engaging content through video and social media marketing.


Social Media Manager

Manages our social media and celebrates our community by sharing personal stories from our apprentices, businesses and bootcampers.


Business Administrator Apprentice: Greater Manchester

Assists with the day to day operations which is integral to our project delivering digital skills programs.


Lead Administrator & Career Development Advisor

Looks after our learners from the application process right through their apprenticeship and beyond.


Operations & HR Manager

Oversees and designs our internal systems, recruitment, training and overall staff happiness.


Project Coordinator

Focuses on our clients, employers and learners to facilitate the delivery of several strategic employment and skills contracts/projects.

Susan Whittaker

Functional Skills Tutor Assessor

Helps to successfully guide our learners through their Functional Skills Qualifications.


Lead Trainer and Technical Coach

Oversees all our training to ensure our industry-led curriculum is always evolving to stay ahead of the curve.


Lead Assessor (Apprenticeships)

Conducts the regular progress reviews for all our apprenticeships whilst maintaining industry standards and compliance.


Accessibility Specialist and Test Engineer

With 20 years of working in technology, Ady is Lead Trainer for our Software Testing Apprentices as well as the concept creator of our Software Testing Courses.

How we work

The Coders Guild Ltd is a lean organisation with highly skilled and capable staff who work in cross-functional teams. We operate a non-hierarchical structure and believe everyone has a voice and should be treated equally. We are based from our offices in Duke Studios in Leeds, however we also work flexibly and remotely using state-of-the-art technology to ensure efficiency, retain quality relationships and continually evolve best practices:

Our Available Apprenticeships

Kick-start your new career with proper training and support from industry experts.

See all our apprenticeships

Software Testing L4


Employability and Tech Skills

Got a techy outreach project? Know of an organisation that is looking to upskill marginalised or underrepresented groups? Get in touch - let’s have a chat to see if we can help.

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Join Us

We are always looking for more people who share our vision and mission - get in touch and tell us about yourself.

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