New Course Launched to Support Digital Future of the North East.

New Course Launched to Support Digital Future of the North East.

Posted On 21st December 2020 By Charlotte Horsfield

Newcastle College University Centre is taking a proactive approach to delivering digital skills that will provide students with a clear pathway into sustainable tech jobs and support the digital needs of businesses in the North East.

The University Centre has launched a Level 5 Diploma in Web Application Development, which will take learners from beginner leve, to achieving a qualification as a developer in under a year. Applications are now open for January starts.

Andrew Nicholson, Head of Digital Technologies at Newcastle College, explains: “The course represents a fantastic opportunity for those want to quickly and efficiently gain the vital digital skills needed by so many businesses locally, regionally and remotely.

“This course has been launched in response to local employment demand and despite continued job losses and challenges faced by businesses across our region, it offers learners the chance to gain skills that are in demand from a growing sector.”

Newcastle College has collaborated with Gateway Qualifications, Code Institute and Digital Advisory Board comprised of leading technology firms including PayPal, Microsoft, Capgemini, Accenture, Salesforce and others to devise this qualification and, like all of the College's curriculum, the course has been launched as a response to the changing needs of local employers.

While Newcastle has already successfully positioned itself as a tech hub, employing thousands of highly-skilled digital staff, the arrival of Covid-19 has accelerated digital transformation across the North East and beyond.

As companies move online to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on their business, it has driven a radical shift in skills required. Technical skills in coding, web development and software development are now in high demand by both SMEs and corporates alike, with job opportunities in these roles opening up across the UK.

Newcastle College has responded to this shift, and with the help of a Digital Advisory Board, has began reshaping its digital curriculum across further and higher education to meet these growing needs. The new Level 5 Diploma in Web Application Development is just the latest in a line of innovative and responsive qualifications it has launched following the recent launch of its Foundation Degree in Engineering with Applied Digital Technologies.

“By delivering high-tech digital skills, we aim to create a pool of technical talent who will accelerate economic recovery in the region and provide graduates with sustainable careers,” Andrew continues.

“Students applying to enrol on the Diploma in January 2021 will be qualified and job-ready by early 2022, meaning they’ll play a vital role in the recovery of businesses and our region in a post-Covid and post-Brexit economy.”

Find out more about qualifications in Web Applications or Digital Technologies at Newcastle College.