Fully-funded course to become a software developer – and a potential job at the end!

It’s been a year of development for us with the continued growth of our in-house developed StoreSpace® software used by national retailers M&S, Sainsburys, Argos, ASDA, Waitrose and Arum – and this month, we’ve taken it global, implementing the software for clients in South Africa, with future implementation scheduled for the Philippines and Malaysia.

The investment in our technology products and services has resulted in the creation of several job openings, but with the UK’s technology skills shortage challenging businesses across the Country, we’ve had to think creatively about how we can attract new IT talent into the company – specifically Software Developers.

Part of our multi-pronged recruitment strategy is sponsorship of the Scions Coalition Scheme, a fully-funded software developer’s training initiative that is helping to bridge the skills gap in Norfolk and offer a way to bring new resource into the technology industry.

Run by Wymondham-based web-design, IT support and digital marketing agency Netmatters, the programme is an intensive course for would-be developers from Great Yarmouth and surrounding areas, providing the opportunity to learn the skills required for a career in software development. There is no cost to take part in the course which is sponsored by five local businesses including C A Design Services.

Steve Brown, Managing Director at CADS:

“When we heard about the Scions initiative we jumped at the chance to support the programme and become a sponsor. It’s a win win situation for all involved – Scion candidates get the training and a job, and sponsors get a competent new team member. It’s important to be able to contribute in some way to the job prospects in Great Yarmouth and give those seeking work the chance to embark on a new career. By the end of the course, candidates will have the potential opportunity of being offered a position with us, working on our in-house developed software product StoreSpace, which we’re excited to be installing for international clients this year.”

The course can last anywhere between three to nine months, depending on the candidate’s progress. By this time, individuals (Scions) will be able to perform standard coding tasks and it is estimated they will reach the level of a junior developer within six to nine months.

Key points:

  • The course is run by Netmatters and takes place at their office in Wymondham
  • Applicants are welcome to apply from Great Yarmouth and the surrounding area
  • The course is fully-funded
  • Candidates will be invited to join the course following an interview selection process
  • By the end of the course, candidates will have the potential opportunity of being offered a position with C A Design Services or one of the five Norfolk-based sponsoring technology companies
  • Costs for train travel between Great Yarmouth and Wymondham rail stations may be available to CADS selected candidates. Details on application.

To find out more about the Scions programme and how to apply click here

Photo: (L- R: Samantha Stark, Project Manager of the Scions Coalition Scheme; James Gulliver, Managing Director of scheme organisers Netmatters and Steve Brown, Managing Director of scheme sponsor C A Design Services)


If you’d like to discover more about the career opportunities at C A Design Services, please visit the careers section of this website or contact our HR Manager Sue Barnett on 01493 412806