Ladders Software Development Course

Ladders:  Software Development Course

These dynamic and far-reaching short courses will accelerate budding young developers learning and get them up to speed with industry standards and the range of possible careers within this growing and exciting industry sector. We will be looking at many aspects of software development from web development, to mobile development and through to modern games programming techniques.


Course 1 – Knowledge & Awareness
Course Industry Mentor:
 Phil Jeffes
Venue: Newcastle City Library and various software companies.

An introduction to the modern software industry, this 3-week short course will show individuals what working in tech is all about. There are many varied and exciting roles available to young people who wish to pursue a career in tech and this course will try to cover as many different areas as possible. We will visit real companies to see what a typical working day looks like and see what you could expect to do when starting in this exciting and ever-changing industry. We’ll also be looking at what sort of skills can help support an application to a job and hear from real employers about the sorts of skills they are looking for right now. There will also be support available for those who wish to pursue their own start-up idea, it might be a technology-based website or mobile app, we’ll also be meeting many budding entrepreneurs who have followed this route in what promises to be an inspiring journey into the world of modern technology and business.

Knowledge & Awareness course dates;

Course 1 – 16th (12pm-6pm), 23rd & 30th January 2019 (1pm – 6pm)

Apply here for Course 1.
** once your application has been approved you will receive a full course overview.


Course 2 – Skills Development in Web Development
Course Industry Mentor: Phil Jeffes
Venue: Newcastle City Library

This 3-week short course is a dynamic and far-reaching course that will accelerate budding young developers’ learning. It will bring them up to speed with industry standards and showcase the range of possible careers in this growing and exciting industry sector. We will be looking at many aspects of modern web development. During the 3 sessions, we are focussing on web development to ‘deep dive’ into the sector and learn real skills which apply to positions available in companies right now.

Web development focuses around HTML, CSS and JavaScript. These essential languages are an important part of any developer or designers toolbelt. Many jobs are enhanced by knowledge of these languages and for some, it’s absolutely essential. Even if you plan on going into a different field, some working ability with these technologies will enhance an application as it can greatly help communication when working with developers.
This may also suit people who plan on running their own company but wish to work with a developer to do so, having a basic web background can quickly get you up to speed with what’s possible and can help a company move quickly in a fast-paced environment.

Skills Development course 2;

Course 2 – 6th, 13th & 20th February 2019 (1pm – 6pm)

Apply here for Cohort 2: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ladders-software-course-skills-development-in-web-development-tickets-54646207277
** once your application has been approved you will receive a full course overview.


Course 3 – Develop your own software development project and business idea
Course Industry Mentor: Phil Jeffes
Venue: Newcastle City Library

This course offers hands-on support for anyone developing an idea or portfolio as well as offering up some ideas for those who just wish to hone their skills. Over 4 weeks, we will be able to put into action those skills which were learned on previous Ladders courses or develop existing skills from other courses. You might have a background in game development or app development and support for these is also provided. We can even support hardware-based projects.

For people seeking employment within the industry, we have a good understanding of which skills someone would need to demonstrate at the interview when applying for a job as well as how to demonstrate a keen ability for continuous learning, an essential ingredient to keep pace with the modern software industry.

For those seeking to develop their own projects, Phil has 10 years of software experience and has helped many young start-ups draw together ideas for their prototypes or MVP as it known. This includes how to scale back an idea to bring it market earlier than any competition and remain agile in difficult industries. We can also offer support for teams who wish to start testing the market with an idea along the way as we support the growth of your project into a business.

Alongside your creative endeavour, a series of Enterprise Support workshops and one to one support is available to individuals who are contemplating pursuing a freelance career and/or develop a business idea in software development.

The enterprise support package includes a series of key enterprise workshops covering a range of relevant business topics to guide and motivate creative individuals through the logistics of starting a business. Guest speakers will be introduced to their areas of specialism from accountants to young creative and digital entrepreneurs, business coaches to branding specialists to give insight into self-employment and constructive advice.

Industry Project course 3;

Course 3:
Application Deadline: 14th February (4pm).
Interviews: 18th February (TBC per applicant)
Industry Project Sessions – 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th March (1-6pm)
Showcase: 3rd April (4pm – 7pm)

Enterprise Sessions: 

  • 11th February (Monday) 11-2pm Newcastle City Library – Building your Networks within the Creative Industries
  • 4th March (Monday) 10am-12.30pm Newcastle City Library –  The Importance of Your Digital Footprint
  • 18th March (Monday) 11-2pm Newcastle City Library – Branding your Business or Idea
  • 25th March (Monday 11-2pm Newcastle City Library –  An Introduction to Marketing & Making it Work for you!

Apply:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ladders-software-course-develop-your-own-project-tickets-54648558309
** once your application has been approved you will receive a full course overview.


*To join the Ladders courses you must be between 18-24yrs and be living in the North East.

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