Coding For Beginners – A Great Way To Get Back To Work

It’s hard to be out of the job market for years. How do you show employers that you can be an asset when there are vast blank spaces on your CV? How do you change careers and create new opportunities, when it feels like nobody will give you a chance? How do you even get up the courage to apply?  … Read More

Becoming A Web Developer At 40 – How Feasible Is It?

Picture of trainees working with volunteers

You know, it’s never too late to change your career.  Work from home, work in the office, work flexible hours around the kids. Software and web development offer real, secure, salaried jobs with opportunities for advancement in a growing industry.  Starting salaries for junior developers are around £25k. There are over a hundred thousand missing workers in STEM industries in … Read More

Student Story: Daniel

Daniel had been out of work for nearly ten years struggling with mental health when he saw an advert for CodeYourFuture (CYF) in a local council bulletin. Daniel says “I had only just started to turn my life around and felt able to commit to something that may help improve my future for the first time in a long time.”  … Read More

Volunteer Stories: August

Class: Manchester Volunteering since: September 2019 What do you love about CodeYourFuture? I love how friendly and welcoming the community is. It is terrifying as a relatively new developer to put yourself in a room of experts, but nobody makes you feel less than and everybody is always willing to listen to you and help you out no matter what … Read More

Volunteer Stories: Jane

Introducing Jane. I first heard about CodeYourFuture from a Manchester Girl Geeks newsletter, back in November 2019. After attending an evening for prospective volunteers I decided to join CYF. I feel that the project is very worthwhile, providing students with the skills required to get a job in IT, a field with a chronic shortage of skilled people. I have a … Read More

Volunteer Stories: Brandon

Brandon Wilkes - CodeYourFuture Volunteer

Introducing Brandon. Brandon is an Engineering Apprentice at Aston Martin. He first experienced coding in his GCSE Computing classes at school and has since grown his knowledge, learning languages such as SQL, C# and HTML/CSS. A mainly self-taught coder, he has completed several personal projects and joined CodeYourFuture in order to add to his existing coding skills, whilst also helping … Read More

Volunteer Stories: Atanas

Atanas Kozarev - CodeYourFuture

This is Atanas. With his background in Computer Science and 11 years’ experience in the UK Higher Education sector, Atanas has had the opportunity to work in a variety of technology roles. During that time, he found that he really enjoys teaching coding and was convinced that everyone can learn to code as long as they have the right approach … Read More

Student Stories: Mona


Mona, from Iran, found herself in a small town in the north of the UK where she spent five years with her husband and their son as asylum seekers. As asylum seekers are not allowed to work, the combination of a long period of time spent outside of the labour market and differences in practices in her field of work … Read More

Volunteer Stories: Lucy

Lucy MacGlashan - CodeYourFuture

Meet Lucy. A recent graduate from Manchester Met University, she lives in Manchester working as a graduate software engineer at the BBC in MediaCity, Salford. Lucy has worked on areas as diverse as the Voice+AI team to front end development on the Sport website. She first came across CodeYourFuture while in the middle of her industrial placement year. She wanted … Read More

Student Stories: Mohammed


This is Mohammed Mohammed came to the UK as a refugee from Sudan in 2015. Like others in a similar position, he tried to integrate himself quickly in his new community in the hope of making up for the challenges and disruptions he had faced in the past. ‘First, I was doing ESOL in college, then working at a car … Read More