Earlier this week, Britain’s fifth-biggest airline, Monarch, entered administration. All flights were cancelled, and the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority was forced to charter a fleet of planes to rescue almost 110,000 stranded passengers, in a feat that’s been described as “Britain’s biggest peacetime repatriation.”
The effects of Monarch’s collapse will be felt across the country, but particularly in Manchester, where the airline operated several routes, and employed hundreds of people.
Code Nation, a Manchester-based coding bootcamp, has said it intends to offer all former Monarch employees a place on their introductory web development courses, in order to help them transition to a job in the burgeoning digital economy.
Speaking over email, Stuart Kirby, Talent Director of Code Nation, explained:
All Monarch employees who have lost their jobs due to the recent news are invited to do our Begin course, a one-week introduction to the fundamentals of coding and front-end development. Whether they’re interested in a career change or just want to take the opportunity to learn more about coding, are simply interested in technology, we want to help bring something a little positive to the table for them after what may have been a very difficult time.
The intensive course, which typically costs £1599 (roughly $2,000), will be delivered at CodeNation’s central Manchester campus.
The course dates are as follows:
- October 23 to October 27
- November 13 to November 17
- November 20 to November 24
- November 27 to November 30
- December 11 to December 15
Digital skills are essential for participation in the 21st century economy, and Code Nation isn’t the only education startup with a philanthropic bent. Earlier today, OpenClassrooms, a Europe-based provider of online computer science degrees, announced it would offer free tuition to undocumented residents of the US holding DACA (Deferred Access For Childhood Arrivals) status.