The Manchester-based transport division of Booking.com has announced a new initiative to help people move into tech careers after taking a break from work.

Sixteen places will be available on a 15-week course at Booking.com's central Manchester office, designed to give candidates the confidence, resources and technical skills to access a career in software development.

The 'Your Journey Into Tech' programme will be delivered in partnership with Manchester-based Tech Returners.

It is designed to provide individuals with the fundamental skills to access a career in software development, alongside career support as part of a collaborative positive learning community.

Ryan Cheyne, people director at Booking.com in Manchester, said: "As one of the region's leading employers, we have an important role to play in getting talented, ambitious people back into great jobs.

"We're competing with the world's biggest tech brands for talent, which is why we're investing in a new generation of female software developers.

"We look forward to opening our doors and showing them what a career in tech looks like, not just through the interesting nature of the work, but also the market-leading perks that are available to people with such an attractive skillset."

Applications are open now for the Booking.com course which commences on 4th November 2019.

It said no specific qualifications are required, but candidates must be “passionate about pursuing a career in technology”.

James Heggs, co-founder and tech coach at Tech Returners, added: "We're passionate about creating opportunities for returners to enter or re-enter the tech industry. We know the talent is out there and we're here to provide a truly accessible, tangible route into a real technology career.

"We're delighted to be working with Booking.com and to see more and more companies recognising the potential of returner talent."

Tech Returners was set up in 2017 with the vision to change the narrative for returners, and to offer the right support and development not just for individuals but for businesses failing to access an untapped pipeline of talent.