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Bootcamp coders earning more after 12 weeks than a uni grad

07 November 2018

Digital whizz kids trained by Europe's leading software engineering bootcamp have greater earning power after just 12 weeks compared to university graduates.

London-based Makers, which has been rolling out highly-skilled digital engineers for more than five years, has revealed the astonishing income power of its bright stars, who are earning an average of £32,000 a year.

According to the latest High Fliers report, The Graduate Market in 2018, the average starting salary for UK graduates this year was £30,000. However, estimates the average starting salary for graduates is £19,000 - £22,000 – significantly lower than someone boasting digital skills from coding bootcamps like Makers.

The findings were unveiled after Makers surveyed 500 of its former students, some of whom are now working for the UK's leading blue chip organisations including the BBC, HSBC, Deloitte, The Financial Times and the Telegraph Group.

Makers CEO Evgeny Shadchnev believes the evidence vindicates the impact of vocational training, particularly in the skills the UK economy is desperate for as it strives to deliver a post-Brexit highly-skilled workforce.

"The time has come for the UK to put its prejudices aside when assessing the value of vocational training," said Shadchnev.

"In a digital economy, businesses require a skill set that universities are failing to provide their students, who don't get the salaries they want and are also burdened by massive debts at the end of their programmes.

"What our data proves is that graduates with coding professional software skills create real value for employers and they are willing to pay good salaries for their qualifications. We hope that in future many other students will look beyond university training when thinking about their future careers – and take a closer look at the limitless possibilities that software development can offer to any generation of workers."

Makers recently launched the UK's first high-intensity and immersive software developer apprenticeship programme, which offers the best coding training for students wishing to accelerate their careers as technology professionals. Makers work with employers to use their government Apprenticeship Levy to plug their tech skills gap by using the funds to pay for the apprentice's software engineering education at Makers.

The programme is open to everyone and to all age groups, including career changers and those from diverse social economic and ethnic backgrounds. Applicants do not need to hold a university qualification. Statistically, Makers has trained over 35 percent women as software engineers – more than double the industry average.

Since its inception in 2013, Shoreditch based Makers has trained over 1,500 students through its 12-week programme with zero funding from government.

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