Northcoders has hit a major milestone after a 500th graduate completed its Developer Pathway course.

The coding bootcamp with bases in Manchester and Leeds held its latest graduation ceremony as 14 students presented their projects in groups to their peers and invited guests from the North West business community.

The 500th graduate was Paulina Orawczak, who was working as a sales administrator before deciding to kick-start her career in tech.

The Developer Pathway is a personal way of learning to code and ensures that student software developers graduate with the necessarily skills to find work.

Since its inaugural course four years ago, Northcoders has helped people switch career into tech on average starting salaries of £25,000.

“Every single member of the Northcoders team is passionate about what we are all collectively trying to achieve; namely to make tech more accessible and to be the UK’s leading coding school for graduate outcomes,” said CEO Chris Hill.

“Graduating our 500th student is a massive milestone for us all – especially when you see the impact our alumni are having in businesses right across the North.”

Over the past year, Northcoders was selected as one of the country's brightest tech stars in Creative England's CE50 list and was named Business of the Year at the 15th Annual Chamber Business Awards.

It has launched scholarship schemes and a deferred payment programme aimed at women and gender minorities, as well as those who identify as BAME or LGBTQ+, have a disability or have had limited access to education, to help address diversity in tech.

Last month, the firm was appointed by leading holiday company On the Beach to be its academy training partner.