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Industry Led Software Developer Apprenticeship Scheme

Hire local, emerging talent with this Government funded scheme.

They’ll be properly trained by expert developers and providing ROI in weeks

We firmly believe that apprenticeships are the best way to learn the necessary skills to thrive in modern software development.

Extensive Selection Process

We take only the top 6-7% of applicants based on their aptitude and enthusiasm.

Individual Learning Plan

Each apprentice has a unique learning plan to match your business needs.

Essential Skills

The group training is front-loaded with essential skills for a fast ROI.

A bit about us

Back in 2012 a group of developers got together to create a new kind of apprenticeship. We wanted to solve the key issues facing our communities and businesses. We set out to create a programme that would:

Increase inclusion and diversity across the industry.

Raise the bar on code quality and promote knowledge share.

Secure the local talent pipelines.

We pooled our resources and used our tech know-how to create an open source, living curriculum. This curriculum has now gone through more than 7 years of continuous review and updates. This ensures everything we do is current, useful and relevant.

It’s the UK’s first industry-led digital apprenticeship

We’ve been running since 2013, well before apprenticeships were ‘cool’. We were part of the pilot and trailblazer schemes that determined the format and contents of the new Apprenticeship Standards in Software Testing.

…and when we say industry-led

we actually mean it – all technical training is devised, delivered and under constant review by expert developers. Our Open Source curriculum is available on GitHub.

Case Studies



Alumni 2017

Graduated in 2017, now Sr Full Stack Developer at Modern English.




Demonstrable code skills and maths degree but no previous commercial experience, now a developer at Creode.



Alumni 2014

Graduated 2014, worked in development and testing, now DevOps Engineer at Graphic Alliance.

Want to bolster your team with talent like this?

Take the first step and speak to The Coders Guild about hiring an apprentice for your team.

Course roadmap

Every apprentice has an individual learning plan that matches your business needs, but we also have a core curriculum of fundamental skills and knowledge.


Prior to interview and placement our candidates will receive training in the fundamental skills of a web developer. Things like problem solving with code, semantic markup, Git, content management and command line.

Immediate, Billable Skills

As soon as they are placed, we need to equip the apprentice with as many useful, billable skills as possible. They'll receive expert training in source control and workflows with Git, testing, debugging and accessibility.

Toolchain Essentials

Next we focus on developing a fundamental understanding of the tools we use. Automation, Dependency Management, Performance Audits, Security, etc. At this stage an apprentice will be bringing in more revenue than they cost.

Project Life Cycle

By this time a good amount of the apprentice's time will be on billable work. We support this by increasing their skills and knowledge across all areas of the project life cycle. Agile, Scrum, Kanban, Discovery and Planning, Impact Mapping, etc.

Additional Knowledge

At the end of year one apprentices will be working independently most of the time. We'll move into preparation for lifelong learning by adding additional knowledge and emerging technologies to their skillset. APIs, JAMStack, PWA, FP, OOP, etc.

Get in touch

If you would like a more in depth discussion on course content and how we can co create a learning plan to exactly match your tech stack and team needs please book a call.

What our partners say about us

Digital Director at Access

The scheme is one of the very best. The assessment process, pre-start bootcamp and knowledgeable trainers mean we get engaged, motivated apprentices contributing to our business from day one.

CEO at Bliss

Taking on an apprentice has been a fantastic experience. We have an excellent new team member, and have been really well supported all the way.

Managing Director at Bonsai Tiger

Made the process of taking on an apprentice a joy. We were very impressed by the pre-apprentice training they provided and the calibre of the candidates themselves. We would not hesitate to recommend them.

We’re really proud of what we do and love talking with local businesses about it. Chat with us now to find out how your team could benefit.