Northern coding bootcamp Northcoders has renewed its commitment to promoting diversity in tech with new deferred payment scheme for women and gender minorities.

The bootcamp is launching a new “Study Now, Pay Later” initiative as part of its Developing Diversity programme, which aims to address the gender imbalance that exists in the sector.

Twenty places will be available on Northcoders’ September, October and November cohorts and will help women and gender minorities – people who identify as non-binary, transgender or intersex – to start their career in tech without having to pay tuition fees up front.

Successful applicants can study in Leeds or Manchester and will be required to repay their fees once they start earning a regular wage, with no interest charged.

A £300 deposit is also required, which Northcoders said is to show commitment to their place on the course.

There are no formal entry requirements and applicants do not need to how to code.

The launch of the scheme is the latest initiative from Northcoders to help address the gender imbalance in the development and tech communities.

In May, the business partnered for a second time with global technology consultancy ThoughtWorks to offer four fully-funded scholarships for women and gender minorities.

“After months of hard work behind the scenes I feel incredibly proud to be able to announce the launch of this scheme,” said Chris Hill, CEO of Northcoders.

“Everyone at Northcoders is passionate about addressing diversity in tech, and we're looking forward to helping more women and people who belong to gender minorities enter the tech industry.”

The deadline to apply for the new Developing Diversity deferred payment scheme is Friday 23rd August via the firm’s website.

In June the coding school announced new hires in its Leeds- and Manchester-based campuses.