Colette’s story

Colette grew up in a poverty-stricken housing development in Linwood in the 1980s. The area was rundown and desolate – “It was not a healthy environment to grow up in”, she says.   Colette only discovered in adulthood that she had dyslexia. As a result of this learning difficulty and the challenges that came with her circumstances, she didn’t receive any secondary … Read More

Student Story: Omolola

CodeYourFuture (CYF) trains refugees and people who have financial, social or other challenges in coding. The program is free and helps graduates secure meaningful work in tech. CYF alumni Omolola shares how her lack of experience did not stop her from launching her career in IT. Making ‘IT’ work While Omolola knew that she wanted to work in the exciting … Read More

Student Story: Mursel

Mursel is a refugee. He was a lawyer before he came to the UK. When he arrived, he had no idea what to do. He was unemployed and lacked finances so he considered his options. Mursel decided to try to change career. “I wanted to find a meaningful job and prepare a good future for my family,” says Mursel. He … Read More

Student Story: Erick

Once Erick discovered that coding was behind websites and apps, he knew he wanted to be a coder. Erick discovered coding at The African Leadership Academy, a high school in South Africa that helps Africans who have the potential to catalyze positive change on the continent.     He loved apps and technology, but he never knew what brought them to … Read More

Student Story: Davinder

Davinder was an asylum seeker. He was an engineering student before coming to the UK, and he wanted to study once again. In his own words, “I was helpless and new in this country. I wanted an opportunity to continue my studies. Learning is my passion.” While asylum seekers can study in the UK, they cannot work and generate an … Read More

Student Story: Fatima

After completing a degree in Biology, Fatima struggled to find a decent job.  She was unable to fund any further learning. Through her sister, she heard about CodeYourFuture in the North West. She decided to learn a programming language to get a good job in tech.   Fatima was new to coding, so she decided the best attitude was to fully … Read More

Student Story: Deniz

Deniz wanted to change her career, so she started searching for ways to learn how to code. When she found CodeYourFuture, the course seemed to provide all of the programming and problem-solving skills she wanted.  Before starting with CYF, Deniz had never written a line of code. She struggled at times but made use of all the support offered at … 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

Student Stories: Mona

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

Student Stories: Mohammed

Mohammad

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