Leeds Web Developer Apprenticeship

Are you struggling to recruit good junior developers?

From almost 100 applicants we now have a group of 12 young people ready to hire. All have passed through our stringent recruitment and selection process as well as our pre-apprenticeship code boot-camp.


Register for a place on our speed dating interviews below or book a call with Crispin to find out more.
We firmly believe that apprenticeships are key to addressing the key issues of diversity and talent pipeline in our industry today.

'Speed Dating'

4:30-7pm, 5th Sept 2018
Duke Studios, Leeds

The event set out in a ‘speed dating’ format will play host to local businesses struggling to recruit software developers with the opportunity to meet 12 pre-selected and trained web developer apprentices in 6 minute interviews before reviewing if candidates are suitable for the business.

Reserve your place with the link below.

For the past few weeks these young people have been at our code bootcamp, learning or refining their skills. All are competent in semantic, accessible, HTML and CSS. All have demonstrable skills in fundamental vanilla JavaScript and some have additional experience with php, python and other languages too.

The Leeds City area has an enormous, untapped pool of talent in the surrounding area. Our job is to identify and cultivate that talent to secure Leeds’ future and support local businesses to grow using local talent. We are determined to make technical apprenticeships or SMEs, Scale-ups and Start-ups as well as levy paying enterprises. Every person who passes through our selection process has what it takes to become an asset to your team and deliver value within weeks.

To secure the talent pipeline for our industry in this country we need to take responsibility for it. As developers, as business owners and as community leaders we all have a duty to improve knowledge share and diversity within teams and across the industry as a whole.

Crispin Read - Founding member of WDAN and Industry Liaison

We need to make apprenticeships work for employers so this selection process and training is delivered at no cost and with no commitment required.


Recruitment, Selection and Pre-Apprenticeship Training

LEEDS 2018
12 June
Candidate Applications Open

Vacancy ads placed on the .gov Find-an-Apprenticeship site and promoted through social media.

20 July
Candidate Applications Close

Around 150 applications are filtered and graded based on aptitude for self learning and enthusiasm for development.

6 Aug
Selection Day

30 most promising candidates attend a day of interviews, group work and tests.

Pre-Apprenticeship Training

12 best candidates from the selection attend a code 'boot-camp' to learn essential and foundational skills.

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • PHP
  • Git
  • WordPress
  • Drupal
5 Sept
'Speed Dating'

An opportunity for potential employers and members of their dev teams to have 5 minute chemistry meetings with all 12 candidates.

Formal Interviews & Placement

Short listed candidates follow standard interview procedure with potential employers. Candidates are then matched with employers using the Gale-Shapley stable marriage algorithm

Once placed at a company the real training starts - 15 months of group training and supported independent learning from expert web developers in the technologies, frameworks and skills that matter.

How much does it cost?

The selection process, pre-apprenticeship training and an additional 3 months of supported learning at the end of the training are completely free. We only charge for the 15 months of group training.

Non-Levy Paying Companies (most SMEs)

Training is 90% funded by the government so cost to business is just £110 a month for 15 months.

Levy Paying Companies

Costs for the training is £16,500 per candidate recouped directly through the levy system.


The employer pays the apprentice wages - a typical starting salary is £9-£18k pa (£5-£10 ph) dependant on experience and location.


From past employers

Contact Us via User Crunch

Call Crispin or Rachel
0113 460 1024
Drop in to see us

Platform, New Station Street, Leeds, LS1 4JB

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