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Essential Skills For Agile & Tech Careers

Course start date: 20th June, 2022

This course is designed to bolster your skill set and supercharge your career prospects adding instant value to your team.

Based on insight and feedback from employers and team leaders we work with, we have designed a crash course covering essential skills and knowledge. All these skills are vital to progressing or accelerating your tech career. Hot subjects like Cyber Security, Accessibility, and User Focus; fundamental concepts like Agile Planning and Defining an MVP; as well as core skills in communication and presentation.


Would you like to do this course for free?

Next course starts 20 June in Manchester

Remote Delivery

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If you live or work in Greater Manchester it is very likely that you will be eligible for 100% funding through the GMCA Skills for growth programme.


Would you like to supercharge your agile/tech skill set?

This is a great course if you are already working in an agile team or tech company and are looking to solidify, improve or add to your existing skills.

Is this course for you?

This course will be beneficial to many different tech career paths. We are expecting to hear from:

  • Account managers
  • Project Managers
  • Testers
  • Developer
  • Business Analysts
  • Product Owners
  • Operational Staff

But if you are not on the list, don’t let that stop you - these are the skills everyone needs - peer to peer learning and knowledge sharing is a big part of what we do.

Whatever your background you will be very welcome on this course - you’ll learn crucial skills from the best in the business - all whilst making connections and broadening your network, powering up your career from this point forwards.

Course Outline

The course contents are THE key skills needed and valued by agile/tech  teams. Derived from a consensus from team leaders and employers from a wide variety of teams and companies. All sessions are devised, reviewed and delivered by professionals from the industry and are under constant review and improvement to ensure they are as relevant and current as possible.

You will cover:

  1. MVP (Minimum Viable Product) A fully interactive session - what is a Minimum Viable Product? You'll all work together to create a plan for an MVP spec based on business needs and other factors like budget and timescales.
  2. UCD (User-Centred Design) Everything we build tends to have some sort of user interaction, this session is about practical ways in which we can help our teams retain and improve that user focus throughout the development process.
  3. Agile Planning Taking the MVP you created together, you will learn about agile planning and how to prioritise features to produce a sensible, deliverable plan.
  4. Importance of Testing Everybody needs to test more - We’ll talk about the importance of testing on tech projects and how to devise a sensible plan covering different types of testing
  5. Presentation Skills Practical skills for presenting innovative ideas and content to your colleagues, tips, and technique to deliver engaging and interactive content.
  6. Communication Skills How to communicate better within an organisation, team, or situation. Including: dealing with conflict, how to deliver feedback to different people, and understanding different roles and perspectives.
  7. Security You’ll be covering common security issues with practical examples on how to check for some simple flaws. Let’s help our dev teams build more secure products.
  8. Accessibility You will learn the importance and benefits of creating inclusive digital products, and how to check existing sites for accessibility issues. Let’s make stuff work better for those using assistive technologies.
  9. Version Control It’s not just code that needs version control. We’ll look at ways to be better at documentation and version control with systems like Office365 and Google Workspace - as well as an introductory overview of git

Delivery

The course will run over 8 weeks, delivered in 2 short online sessions each week. The sessions will run over lunch time to minimise disruption to your working day.

These sessions are supplemented with additional guided but self led learning, shorter ‘lunch-and-learn’ sessions on key skills and knowledge as well as ad hoc 1-1 support and coaching.

Outcomes for you and your team

You and your team should experience immediate benefit from this course, increased capacity and skills across agile planning and delivery as well as key knowledge and skills in crucial tasks around testing and security.

  • Knowledge share on agile practice
  • Efficiency in project/product delivery
  • Increased resource in key areas
  • Better products - more secure, more accessible, more user focussed

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course other than being in a suitable job for these skills to be valuable. If you are looking to change careers please have a look at our other courses such as Essential Skills for Digital Project Managers or Get Hired in a Tech Company. Both of those courses have employability skills attached and so are much better for career changers.

Please make sure you fill out the application form outlining your understanding so far and ambitions for the future.

Convince Your Boss

This course is 100% government funded delivered over lunchtime, you will barely need any time off work to complete it and your employer or team leader will get instant ROI from the skills and knowledge you will pick up.

This course will introduce you to concepts and areas that you may not get exposure to on a daily basis, and provide the foundations for continuous professional development in vital skills and knowledge.


Would you like to do this course for free?

Next course starts 20 June in Manchester

Remote Delivery

Apply Now

If you live or work in Greater Manchester it is very likely that you will be eligible for 100% funding through the GMCA Skills for growth programme.


100% Funded Courses Available

*Whilst it is very likely you will be eligible for funding it is not a guarantee

Learn from the best

Our trainers and coaches are industry-leading digital experts, providing you with top-notch skills and knowledge to help you excel.

Boost your confidence

Our courses are designed to teach you in-demand tech and digital skills.

Upskill

Develop new tech skills or brush-up on existing skills to increase your productivity. You and your teams will feel empowered, engaged and educated.

What's the next Step?

Book a call with us today and speak to a member of our team about how you can progress your tech career.

100% Funded Courses Available!*

Whilst it is very likely you will be eligible for funding, it is not a guarantee.

Get in touch to find out more!

100% funding is often available for our courses

Business and Employers

We offer full team training! Reach out to us now if you wish to bolster the skillset of your entire team, and increase overall output in the office.