Lee Lindsay

The rapid delivery of software development and coding skills are now critical for businesses to compete. Lee Lindsay, Education Consultant with EdTech specialists, Code Institute explains how their collaboration with South East LEP, Newcastle College and Gateway Qualification found a solution to skills delivery.

Covid-19 has devastated lives and livelihoods, and how quickly we rebound from it depends on thoughtful and concerted action from government, business, and education. Job losses have cut deeply, especially in retail and hospitality, with thousands of workers in need of new career opportunities. Many people are understandably anxious about the future; Covid-19 has compromised their career path and challenged the relevance of their skills.

Challenging times

There is however a common solution to these challenges — relevant skills, delivered quickly. This realisation connected Newcastle College, South East LEP, Gateway Qualifications and Code Institute.

Solving skills delivery

The LEPs understand the skills requirements of industry at a regional and national level, and can influence skills delivery. South East LEP’s Skills Lead, Louise Aitken points to the key role Further Education colleges have in skills delivery: “Colleges are deeply embedded in the local community, so they are key in bridging the digital divide and creating the skilled workforce local employers are looking for.”

Newcastle College, like many Further Education colleges, was in a bind. They recognised the demand for a recognised qualification to skill or re-skill people for employment in tech roles — and the need to deliver these skills within a relatively short space of time. However, they lacked the resources not only to create such a course but to deliver the teaching.

Innovative delivery model

The need for speed

Employable graduates


As the dust settles after Covid-19, and the full scale of its disruption becomes clear, that is likely to be a lot of people. You can download the white paper here to read it in full.

Code Institute works with businesses, governments and training organisations to deliver software development and coding skills which accelerate digital transformation for businesses and to provide future-proof workforce skills.

To find out more about Code Institute, visit their website here or email lee@codeinstitute.net to arrange a consultation.

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