There are lots of amazing programs and opportunities out there, but sometimes you need support to make the most of them.

We match people who have previously been in prison with a coding mentor and a tech mentor to prepare them to apply for a coding bootcamp or an entry level tech role. The tech mentor will be someone who has experience as a software developer or engineer. The tech mentor will be someone in a tech role such as a user researcher, data scientist or product manager who can give the mentee advice on navigating a career in tech. Mentors and mentees will meet regularly online, and where possible and appropriate, in person for mentorship sessions with the aim of preparing an application for one of the programs below:

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FOuNDErS & coders

Founders & Coders is the only free full-time coding course in the UK. It takes students with little or no knowledge of programming and turns them into full-stack web developers. The course is 16 weeks long and is delivered via immersive, peer-led and project-based learning. In each intake, sixteen students working in four teams of four. Students take turns delivering workshops, running code reviews and managing projects. The course covers test-driven development, using a full JavaScript stack (JavaScript and Node.js) with relational databases.

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guardian digital fellowship

The fellowship is an opportunity for software developers who are in the early stages of their careers to join our technology department. If you love coding and digital media then you can apply to the scheme irrespective of your background or experience. Over 12 months you will develop your skills as an engineer, gain experience working on multiple teams and develop applications in the media industry. The scheme provides a structured path to becoming a software developer with support from experienced engineers and other fellows.

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Civil Service Fast stream - digital, data & technology

The Digital Data and Technology scheme is a four year programme that aims to develop a future technology leader for government. Once accepted unto the scheme, you officially become a civil servant and over four years, you will work in different roles in different departments to help you build your career as a technologist. As a fast streamer you will enjoy specialist learning and development activities covering technical and leadership training. These may include agile working, user research and software development, among others.