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How the Sheffield Hub has impacted my Code4000 journey

I have been working at Yoomee Digital - whose office has now become home to the Code4000 Sheffield Hub - for over three months now. Since being here I have been focused on equipping myself with an employable skillset and learning the ins and outs of Ruby on Rails, a web application framework which is part of the Code4000 curriculum and has also been used by Yoomee for over 10 years. During this time my abilities and confidence have grown drastically and Andy - Yoomee Director and now Code4000 Hub Manager - says that my ability is very much in line with what he would expect from a Computer Science University graduate after a similar amount of time in the workplace. All from what I have learned in prison.

 

After a month of training and a couple of warm up exercises, I started work on a project rebuilding a complex application for a client, which should be done by the end of this month. This has been a great challenge and has taught me lots; including that I really enjoy this as a job.

 

I am now at a point where Code4000 have started to approach me about potential work placements for when I am released in the Summer, and I have a meeting with a major FinTech company in London next month (to attend whilst out on ROTL) for stage 2 out of 3 of the interview process. I think a career in FinTech would do me nicely.

 

By Josh

 

Code 4000 is exactly the kind of pioneering partnership that we need to encourage. It brings together prisons, businesses and teachers to address the country's demand for digital skills and local regeneration, and giving prisoners relevant employment and a new future.

PAMELA DOW
Chief Reform Officer, Catch 22

To give ex-offenders the confidence and skills they will need to get a job - and critically keep it - we need to engage prisoners in work experience and training in custody which accurately reflects the employment market in the communities they will return to. For the first time Code 4000 gives those in our custody the opportunity to engage in a training programme to become the ‘coders’ of the future.

JASON SWETTENHAM
Head of Public Sector Prison Industries, HMPPS

Having been deeply impressed after visiting The Last Mile prison rehabilitation program at San Quentin Prison in San Francisco in 2013, I was delighted to be introduced to Michael Taylor, who had aspirations to create a similar programme in the UK. Since that time, Michael has shown vision, creativity and tenacity in launching Code4000 at HMP Humber. I hope that he will continue to receive the support from the prison estate to extend this vital initiative across the country.

ANDREW DIXON
CEO, Arc InterCapital

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