Getting paid to do something you love is everyone’s dream. Sarah Le Cornec had left Hautlieu school after finishing her A levels and was working part time in a shop. In her spare time she was teaching herself coding and applied for the Digital Jersey Coding course at the end of last year.
After being accepted on to the course and graduating at the end of June, Sarah has been successful in getting a job with Feelunique as a Trainee Developer, “The course changed my life in so many ways. As a girl, the tech industry can feel a bit intimidating, but everyone has been absolutely lovely and willing to help. It’s a fascinating industry with so many ways you can go and it’s very creative. Without the course I would have had to go to University and get into a lot of debt. I’m now loving my new role and getting paid to learn what I love doing. It’s brilliant.”
The aim of the Digital Jersey coding course is to take people who are passionate about coding and turn them into entry-level developers for Jersey’s growing digital industry. Applicants come from a range of backgrounds with the only criteria being a passion for coding and a desire to enter the digital industry. It means the island’s growing tech businesses have a steady stream of new talent.
Neil Landon, CTO, Feelunique said, “At Feelunique we are always keen to nurture local digital talent. Recruiting for technical roles in Jersey can be a real challenge but in Sarah we have someone full of enthusiasm, with a willingness to learn and a great attitude. The Digital Jersey Coding course has certainly given Sarah a solid foundation and we did not hesitate in offering Sarah a position with Feelunique. We are happy to pick up from the work that the Coding course has accomplished and enjoy investing the time to continue to teach Sarah the skills she needs to build a successful career as a Developer.”
The coding course is part time to enable people to continue with their current jobs. It’s also free for applicants. Dozens of students have now graduated and are working in the digital industry, or set up their own businesses.
Applications for the fourth Digital Jersey coding course are now open and the online application form is here. Applications will close December 1st with the course starting in January.