A new coding school has been launched in Manchester in a move to help curb the ‘mounting digital skills shortage’ facing businesses in the city and across the region.

Code Nation will give anyone with an appetite for digital the chance to learn to code.

The new school has also partnered with business leaders in the North West, including N Brown trading as JD Williams. The fashion retailer has, among others, pledged its support to Code Nation through advice, insight or offering future work placements for students.

“There’s no getting away from the fact that every business – regardless of sector – has had to transform and digitalise itself in recent years,” Code Nation’s managing director Alex Belford said.

“A lack of digitally skilled workers though, means that technical advancements have been both a help and a hindrance to businesses who want to embrace the changes, but just don’t have the people to do it. Code Nation will help leaders in their quest to fill this gap; we’ll be training people across the North West region, teaching them how to code so they can help to reshape the way business is done round here.

“Add to that the supporters we have already lined up from the business world, and we’re confident that Code Nation will be a great success in the region – and hopefully across the whole of the UK in the near future.”

Code Nation students will be able to begin applying for their places straight away, with two types of course available; the one-week ‘Begin’ course and the 12-week ‘Master’ course.

Belford added: “We have decided to offer two types of courses so that we can accommodate more students; whether they’re graduates looking to embark on a 12-week course to top up what they’ve learnt at university, or someone already established in a similar industry who wants to add to their skills with a one-week course. The more people we train to code, the better for businesses in the region!”

For further details about Code Nation including fees and course dates, visit the school's website here.