Few companies make promises to get people employed after they sign up to their courses, particularly during a pandemic, but that’s exactly what Amy Golding founder of _nology says she’ll do.
The no nonsense businesswoman who is also CEO of tech recruitment company Opus Talent Solutions says Right now, 85 per cent of people in tech are white men. Rather than waiting for someone to fix the problem, I thought b*gger it, I’d give it a go.
The course launched by _nology offers a new way into a tech career for people, who don’t have a background in coding, in just 12 weeks. Through its software developer course they can enter the workplace as junior software developers. On completion of the _nology course, the newly qualified junior developers are then placed in jobs by Opus. The business has its headquarters in Bristol and boasts offices globally, as well as more than 2,000 clients that include Uber, Burberry, GE, and Bank of America.
Amy says: We called it _nology to take out the fear of ‘technology’ for those that don’t have a tech background. You don’t have to be a techie to get into this industry. Our course isn’t just for women. It is diversity-focused, but that’s trying to encompass diversity in all its forms. The issue we’re are trying to solve is an economic and social issue.
She explains Tech salaries are about 30 per cent higher than general salaries. The growth trajectory in tech is also very fast in terms of promotion. It’s like anything it’s down to market forces and demand for developers currently outweighs supply.
Amy didn’t come from a tech background, she says from a personal perspective, I did an English degree, and I am completely untechnical in my opinion. If someone had told me I’d be making a living running a £100million turnover company focused entirely on tech skills, I would have laughed in their face.
She shrugs off the potential criticism she may get from concentrating efforts on women and minorities, pointing out that it’s something companies will benefit from in the end. Amy says The reality is that diversity isn’t an HR issue, it’s a business issue. Companies are waking up to that. It’s not about doing nice things for women and minorities, it’s that businesses are stronger and make more money when their employee base represents their customer base.