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A worthy investment: Empowering Tech Talent through NPIF Investment – The Developer Academy

The Developer Academy, a thriving tech training institution, has become a beacon of opportunity in the ever-evolving landscape of the Northern technology sector. Founded by Ben Atha, the academy stands as a testament to the transformative power of determination and access to finance.

The business provides individuals with an accessible and structured pathway into tech careers. As the academy adapted, it transitioned entirely online during the COVID-19 pandemic. This shift fostered collaborative learning, with participants beginning courses simultaneously and working together on industry-relevant projects, all while following AGILE methodology.

The Developer Academy has not only produced success stories for small consultancies but has also attracted the attention of major organisations like the Home Office, who have turned to the academy to fulfil their hiring needs.

It bridges the gap from learning to coding to recruiting, creating a circular process that bolsters the tech industry. The academy has cultivated an extensive network of employers, further strengthening the technology sector and helping individuals from diverse backgrounds access quality training.

The Developer Academy sought investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund to amplify its impact. The funds were intended to hire additional employees and instructors, expand its reach, and ensure long-term sustainability.

NPIF’s investment played a transformative role in The Developer Academy’s growth. It enabled the academy to bid for more courses and launch Department of Education (DoE) skills bootcamps. The funding served as a solid foundation for the academy’s ambitions, securing its platform for the next six years. Currently, the academy runs multiple courses simultaneously, creating a dynamic learning environment.

It is poised for sustainable growth, aiming to expand into related areas within the tech industry. The academy plans to launch new bootcamps and establish an agency, staffed by alumni, to take on small projects and foster development. The Developer Academy is eyeing geographical expansion, ensuring that its impact on the tech sector extends far beyond the borders of the North.

NPIF’s investment into The Developer Academy has not only accelerated its growth but reinforced its commitment to empowering individuals with the skills they need to excel in the tech industry. The company stands as a shining example of how strategic investments can drive positive change in both the business landscape and the broader community, and The Developer Academy’s journey is a testament to the power of innovative thinking and perseverance.

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund invests through appointed fund managers – to find out more visit

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.