Rethink launches Code Nation to tackle digital skills shortage

Global recruiter Rethink Group is launching a coding school in its spiritual home of Manchester.

The new school, located in the city in which Rethink was founded, is the brainchild of the global talent management and recruitment business’ CEO Andy Lord, who revealed the school’s prime aim is to help recruiters, their clients and businesses train more people to tackle the UK’s digital skills shortage. 

The school, known as Code Nation and which will be a subsidiary of Rethink, will charge no placement fee for businesses hiring its graduates. It has also already secured partnerships with Rethink clients who have pledged to support students trained at the school. Initial supporters of the school include home shopping business N Brown, which has offered students advice, the chance to work on live commercial projects and work placements.

Commenting on how this new school will help tackle the UK’s ever-growing digital skills shortage, Lord said: “Code Nation’s been a big ambition of mine for a few years, especially as I’ve seen that skills shortage become more prevalent and bizarrely fall to the back of the queue in terms of business priorities.

“It’s time to change that and Code Nation students will be a big part of the revolution moving forward. I am also incredibly passionate about breaking down the barriers for great talent entering the workforce – hence the introduction of a fee-free structure for businesses offering job opportunities to our students. It’s a model I fully believe in and something I hope the broader sector will embrace.”

• Want to comment on this story? Email us at recruiter.editorial@redactive.co.uk or tweet us below to tell us your thoughts. We will run comments online in a round-up at the end of the week.

Email story to a friend

Employer confidence in UK economy shows further decline

Employer confidence in the UK economy has declined further in the past month, according to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s latest JobsOutlook report.

19 September 2018

Candidates’ past online comments can cause problems for recruiters in the future

Recruiters have been urged to be alive to the risks connected to the vetting of candidates on behalf of clients, in cases where a candidate’s controversial social media posts subsequently come to light.

Legislation 17 September 2018

Consultancy firm to recruit 400 for new digital centre

A global consultancy firm is to create 400 new software engineering jobs in Belfast.

5 September 2018

NEW TO THE MARKET: 3-7 SEPTEMBER 2018

This week’s launches include: Acas, Amrop, Connex Education, Measuring Job Quality Working Group, MNA, Pedersen & Partners, Star Employment Services

New to Market 3 September 2018
Top