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The Coders Guild - providers of quality IT further education, apprenticeships and bootcamps

Pioneering Digital Skills Development with a Social Purpose—That's The Coders Guild.

Find out who we are, why we do what we do and what makes us tick

Our Mission

At The Coders Guild, we're committed to forging partnerships with people and organisations who share our values. Together, we aim to unlock unparalleled success and opportunity for businesses, individuals, and the communities we serve. We believe in equipping the next generation of tech talent with the skills they need to thrive, while creating an inclusive, equitable environment where everyone has a chance to succeed. Through collaboration, education, and innovation, we strive to be the catalyst for positive change, elevating digital, technical, and vocational training to new heights.

Industry-Led, Community-Driven: Our Dual Commitment

Industry-Led Excellence

When we say we're 'Industry-Led,' we mean that every training programme we offer is meticulously designed to meet genuine industry needs. All our courses are crafted, taught, and regularly updated by professionals who are actively working in the field. This ensures that our training doesn't just look good on paper—it equips you with the practical skills you'll actually use on the job.

Community-Driven Impact

Being 'Community-Driven' is about more than just providing excellent training. It means that we strive to deliver tangible value back to the communities we're a part of—whether those communities are defined by location, demographic, or technical speciality. Our goal is to make a meaningful difference, not just in individual careers, but in entire communities, empowering them through education and opportunity.

Our Journey: From Humble Beginnings to Industry Pioneers

The Genesis: A Hobby Project That Grew Legs

The Coders Guild started as a passion project that quickly outgrew its humble beginnings. In 2012, we broke new ground by launching the UK’s first-ever industry-led digital apprenticeship scheme.

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.

A Dream Team Assembles

Our founder, Crispin Read, gathered an extraordinary team comprising developers, business owners, community leaders, and training experts. United by a common goal, we crafted an apprenticeship programme with a keen focus on inclusion. Our aim was to democratise opportunities and enhance diversity in the digital sectors.

Shaping National Standards

After the successful completion of two apprenticeship cohorts, we were invited to join the Tech Partnership's trailblazer pilot scheme. This pivotal involvement led to the creation of the new National Apprenticeship Standards in Software Development. These are the standards that all registered providers in the UK must now follow, and we're proud to have played a role in their formulation.

Client-Centric Approach

We serve a diverse range of clients, from micro startups to multinational corporations. No matter your size, you can expect the same level of dedication and support from us. We're committed to making apprenticeships the default pathway for learning essential digital skills, and SMEs play an integral role in this mission.

Expanding Our Offering

Today, we deliver 'best-in-class', industry-led training and coaching for both Continuing Professional Development and Digital Apprenticeships. Our portfolio covers both technical and foundational digital skills, and we're proud to offer these services on a national scale.

Our Connections and Partnerships

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Core Team

Crispin Read

Founder & Director

Crispin 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.

Helen Shackleton

Lead for Employment & Skills/Business Consultant and Bid Specialist at Axiom Partnering Solutions

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

Alison Kwan

Head of Operations

Alison plays a key role in ensuring that we continuously improves the quality of our service to all stakeholders including clients, learners and staff.

Shelley Needham

Head of Apprenticeships

Shelley conducts regular progress reviews for all our apprenticeships, whilst maintaining industry standards and compliance.

Francesca French

Learner Progressions Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Frankie is our Careers Leader who ensures our learners progress from their courses and receive excellent careers advice and guidance. Frankie is also on hand to conduct pastoral support and keep our learners safe

Raneem Rashid

Technical Trainer & Coach

Raneem, joined The Coders Guild as a seasoned Technical Trainer/Coach, bringing over 8 years of industry experience, having excelled in roles as a software engineer, solution architect, and technical trainer. With a keen interest in staying at the forefront of technology trends, she's also a blockchain professional.

Steve Marks

Software Development Coach

Steve reviews and updates our course materials for the Software Development Apprenticeship and our Bootcamps.

Mark Palmer

Lead Assessor (Apprenticeships)

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

Daniel Stuart

Quality & Compliance Officer

Dan underpins all quality assurance improvement and compliance activity in The Coders Guild, focusing on streamlining of processes and procedures.

Liv McMullan

Team Administrator

Liv provides a professional and efficient administration support to the team, to ensure the smooth running of The Coders Guild.

Faith Dada

Employer Engagement Officer

Faith is a passionate business development manager with a proven track record of over 8 years in driving growth strategies, spearheading successful product launches and testing initiatives, optimising customer acquisition and retention efforts, and identifying lucrative new business opportunities.

Let's Shape the Future, Together

Are you passionate about the impact of digital skills training? Whether you have course ideas, are an employer looking to hire apprentices or upskill your team, or represent a third-sector or grassroots organisation eager for partnership, we want to hear from you. Join us in revolutionising vocational training and delivering meaningful social impact.

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Tech Apprenticeships

No one knows the landscape better

We have been revolutionising the way modern technical vocations are learned since 2012! Our course directory covers a variety of digital areas, from web development to project management. We deliver professional tech apprenticeships in Leeds and all over the UK, and we're one of the UK's leading providers of digital skills courses and bootcamps.

Digital skills billable within weeks

We know learning on the job is the best way to learn the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed. Our apprentices are confidently applying their skills to real-world projects in a matter of weeks.

Devised and delivered by industry experts

All our courses are devised and delivered by industry professionals; many of them experts in their field. All our web training courses and bootcamps are designed to help you acquire the perfect skills to boost your professional growth in your industry or to find new job opportunities.

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Let us train your team with the digital skills they need!

Our Available Apprenticeships & Digital Courses /about/

Kick-start your new career with proper training and support from industry experts. Check out our course directory. Our expertise covers a range of training options, such as coding bootcamps, courses in user experience design, and junior web development apprenticeships. We also offer workshops and immersive courses to meet all needs. Whether you're looking for a short course, a full-immersive experience or a digital skill apprenticeship, we have the perfect options to broaden your skillset and boost your job prospects.

Apply for an apprenticeship!

Full-Stack Web/App Developer Training

Strategic DevOps Engineering for Efficient Deployment

Mastering Digital Product Dynamics

Digital Accessibility Mastery for Inclusive Tech

Agile Project Management: Mastering Tech & Digital Projects

Cyber Security Engineer

Transforming Data into Decisions

Excellence in Modern Software Testing

Certified Cloud Specialist - AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud

Meet our Trainers!

Gareth Midwood

Trainer & Technical Coach/Founder of Digital Nature

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

Kelly Kenyon

Software Tester at Glean

Kelly is an eager and passionate individual keen to develop the next generation of software testers.

Alexandra Barrett

Digital Marketing Expert

With nearly a decade of experience in the tech sector, a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Telecommunications and Internet Engineering and a Masters in Digital Communications Systems. There are few who are more equipped to teach the next generation of tech and digital hopefuls.

Helena Hill

UX & Service Design Consultant/Founder of My Airport AI

Highly experienced UX, CX and service design consultant, with over a decade of experience in the UX field.

Kiruthika Ganesan

Head of Quality Assurance at Deko

Kiruthika is an accomplished software tester, with over 15 years of experience, who is demonstrably passionate about testing and coaching. She loves engaging with the communities, speaking at conferences and getting involved in hands-on testing workshops

Rayaa

Software Engineer

Having done our Software Development Apprenticeship, Rayaa is in the perfect position to guide you on the journey to becoming the developer you want to be! Rayaa currently works as a full stack Software Engineer!

Sarah Cullen

Associate Trainer

Sarah is an experienced IT professional who has worked in the industry for more than 30 years. Her career started in operations and progressed through application programming, systems analysis, project and account management. Her experience includes digital platforms (Web & Mobile Apps), business systems and product development, waterfall and agile methodologies and ISO27001.

Suman Bala

Lead Test Architect at easyJet

Suman is an award-wining Test Architect with a passion for improvement in quality processes and is a strong believer in Test Automation, with over a decade of experience. She is a mentor and coach at work and within the wider testing community.

Justin Heath

Full Stack JS at Humans Not Robots

Justin is passionate about implementing user-friendly applications with simple functionality but with a big impact on productivity and accuracy all supported by 23 years of experience in industry. Justin has made a big impact with us in his time as a trainer!

Meet our Governors!

Roxy Allen

Talent Development Manager

As a forward-thinking and naturally curious people professional and leader, Roxy brings a wealth of experience and qualifications to the table. Roxy has specialised in HR and Talent Development across diverse industries, including Tech, Construction, Engineering, and the Public sector. Roxy's Human-Centered problem-solving techniques and agility aligns itself brilliantly with the values we hold dear at The Coders Guild, and we are delighted to have her on board.

Matt Ward

Ned, Chair, Business Builder and Innovator

With years of experience in the tech industry in Leeds, Matt has a real steer on the needs of industry both for the here and now and the future. His assistance and knowledge is vital to our curriculums and courses.

Other services

As experts in devising and providing technical and digital training we also provide consultancy and contract services as well as CPD events for developers and testers.

Subcontracting

Boost your success and retention rates by subcontracting technical apprenticeship training with us.

Bespoke Training

We can devise, deliver and monitor the training your team needs - classroom, remote, online or 1-1.

CPD and Coaching

Training events and mentoring to upskill your team in the areas they need.