Future Software Developer Now 

Get an idea of what it's like to work as a software engineer and tackle a live brief from Brandwatch, delivered by YSYS

Future Software Developer Now is a six-week online training programme with YSYS which will teach you what it takes to make it in a tech-career as a software developer. Take a big step in launching a future-proof career that’s in high-demand in the digital sector. We’ll connect you with industry leaders like Idean and 10X as well and employability coaches and a network of young creatives to help you in your career.

Working to a live brief from Brandwatch you’ll have real-life experience to add to your CV and portfolio for future applications. As well as this, you’ll gain soft skills like collaboration and teamwork, project management, communication skills, and interview techniques to help you land that dream job.


Online via Zoom


10am-4pm, Mon-Fri

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The course is delivered online Tuesday and Thursdays, with support sessions and learning Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This includes industry talks, development workshops, pastoral support, peer networking and self-study.

The core elements of this course will cover:

  • What it's like to work as a software engineer by tackling live briefs set by our delivery partners
  • Communications and collaboration
  • Project management
  • Agile Working and working cross-functionally
  • The career pathways of a Software engineer
  • Live interview practice
  • How to find the right company for you
  • Career action plans

As well as access to the course content, our aim is to place every person who goes through this programme into paid work or further training. You’ll also get access to:

  • Free, industry standard training from top employers
  • Connections to live job roles
  • Weekly employment workshops to improve your applications and interviews
  • Individual and group wellbeing support
  • A network of young creatives
  • Ongoing alumni support, access to events and networking opportunities
  • A MacBook Pro and Adobe Software

We don’t mind about qualifications or past paid experience; our only requirements are:

  • You must be 18-24 years-old
  • You must be from a London borough
  • You must not be in full-time employment, education or training
  • You should have experience in line with one of the following:
    • A graduate degree in computer science / engineering
    • Makers academy alumni
    • Self-taught software engineer ready to enter the workforce
    • Coding bootcamp graduate
    • Conversion course/ Programme Graduate
    • Experience in HTML&CSS, Javascript or Python
  • You must commit to the programme and be free weekdays during the programme (Mon 8 Feb till Fri 19 March)
  • You must be free for a selection day on 26, 27, 28 January

Other than that, we want to see your passion and interest in the industry as well as a creative can-do attitude and desire to learn.

Find out more about our ideal applicant here.

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We encourage applications from people who are currently under-represented in the digital and creative sector. This includes women, people who are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic, D/deaf, Disabled and Neurodivergent people, people from the LGBTQ+ community, as well people from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

We also welcome applicants from a range of educational backgrounds and therefore do not require any formal qualification to apply.

Important info

If your application is successful, you’ll need to be available for an online group selection day on either 26, 27, 28 January where you'll take part in a collaborative group task and meet the Create Jobs team.

Please note that we are unable to offer alternative group selection dates and if you are unable to attend the selection day, we will not be able to process your application further. 

You must be free to take part in the programme full time between Mon 8 Feb till Fri 19 March

Access and additional support

It is important to us that our programmes are accessible. Please let us know if you would like to submit your application in a different format by contacting createjobs@anewdirection.org,uk.

If you have access requirements for either the selection process or the programme itself, please include this in your application or contact us before the deadline.

Find out more about access requirements and adjustments here.

Want some help with your application? Attend one of our info sessions. Find out more here.

info sessions

We run informal online sessions where people who are interested in the programme can meet with a member of the team, learn a bit more about each programmes and seek some help and support with their application.


Need help with your application?

Here is a breakdown of each question on the application forms to help you answer them as best you can

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