Kickstart your career in tech
Shift Click is a free training programme for young people from Greater Manchester who are looking to get started in the digital industry.

Our Programme

Free to join, and doesn't affect your access to Universal Credit

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Introduction to Coding

8-12 weeks. Part-time: 10-15 hours per week.


Get the essential skills to start building with code and realising your own design ideas on the web.

Who is it for?

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Those looking to try out for a digital-related role. Get to grips with the skills and mindset needed for a career working with code. Meet others on the same path, and spend time with those who are already doing it – as software developers, entrepreneurs,and digital creatives.

  • Join our community for support and more
  • Guidance and support from our network of experts, mentors, and tech industry talent
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Full Stack Web Development

10 weeks. Full-time: 25-35 hours per week.


Build digital products from start to finish, back-end to front-end, using the latest and best practices.

Who is it for?

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Those with enough coding experience to know that a future career as a developer is right for them – whether as an entrepreneur, or an employee at one of the region’s leading tech businesses. Tackle real-world projects in an industry work environment whilst working as part of a team.

  • High-quality, battle-tested career guidance and one-on-one coaching from industry experts
  • Guaranteed job interviews with top-tier local employers

Our Programme

Free to join, and doesn't affect your access to Universal Credit

Take your first steps

Start at your own pace, then dive deeper when you’re ready to get stuck in. Whatever your interests are, we’ll help you to navigate the possibilities and set a direction that’s best for you.

Learn by doing

Master the digital skills that industry wants by tackling real-world projects, without an exam in sight. Receive digital certification and celebrate your achievements with others.

Supported by a community

Help is on hand. Our industry experts can answer all of your questions and help guide you every step of the way. Connect with others for help, motivation, and support.

Go further

Taking part in our programme is just the start. We’re creating new opportunities for our learners, and providing career guidance tailored to you and your future.

Recognised by industry

Our courses have been developed by and for industry, with the involvement of those currently doing the job who know what’s needed to get ahead.

Free to join

Our programme offers the equivalent expertise, standard of learning, and career support you’d find in courses which typically cost thousands. All we ask for is your time and a commitment to develop yourself.

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Great Britain,
Greater Manchester

Our region has the fastest growing digital industry in Europe.


Job openings locally, in the past 12 months alone


The typical starting salary for a Junior Full-stack Web Developer in Greater Manchester


Increase in demand for developers since June 2020, despite Covid-19

Shift Click is new

But here's what people say about our digital training


Junior Developer

"It's been such a valuable experience. I've learned so much during my time here. I've enhanced my skills as a developer. Plus, working in digital has allowed me to see, and be a part of, products that really benefit the public."


Junior Developer

"I enjoy developing products that get used by the public on the Stockport Council website, its nice to see the work you're doing really make a difference, it gives you a sense of purpose."

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Develop Yourself.

Shift Click is the best start for a possible future in coding – a chance to learn valuable skills and boost your career prospects.
Why wait?

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It's not about
who you are
on paper.

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We don't look at qualifications

What matters most is your commitment and interest in learning to code. In return, we will provide full support, mentorship, and the experience to help you get where you want to be.

We're not exclusive

In Greater Manchester’s tech industry, over 80% of people have been to university and have a degree. Only 16% of women are in technical roles, and just 20% of roles are taken by people who aren’t white. But we truly believe that you don’t need to study for three years to get a job in tech – and that gender and skin colour are not barriers.

Learn from the experts

The Shift Click team comprise of MadLab and Stockport Council: between us, we’ve helped get hundreds of people with no prior experience into a career in tech.

Shift Click provides all the necessary essentials needed to secure a well-paid job in a fast-growing industry.


I’d like to join the programme but I don’t currently have access to a computer and/or internet

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We don’t want access to be a barrier. If you’re interested in joining the programme but don’t have your own computer or internet connection, we may be able to help. Please let us know when signing up for the programme, and we’ll be in touch to discuss your needs.

Do I need any qualifications?

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We look for potential, not qualifications or grades. We want to bring different voices into the tech industry. You may have dropped out of college or been less successful in your exams than others. Maybe you had other priorities, like caring for a relative, so education took a back seat. We understand. That’s why we’ve developed our courses so that you can go at your own pace, with mentors and tutors on hand when you need them.

We welcome applications from everyone, but are especially keen to hear from college leavers, care leavers, people who are under-employed, and those who've lost jobs due to Covid.

I’m on Universal Credit. Will this affect my claim?

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No. You can take this programme while still claiming Universal Credit. We can also help you if your local Job Centre needs confirmation of this, or with any other barriers that might crop up.

Is there an age limit?

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Our programme is aimed at young people up to 30. If you’re over 30, we can advise on other Greater Manchester programmes that you may be eligible for.

I’m not from Stockport – does that make a difference?

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Priority for this programme will be given to people living in Stockport, as well as those born in the town, and/or looking to work here. We also have a number of places for people from Greater Manchester. If you’re not sure what region your address falls under, just let us know in your application and we can check for you.

If you aren’t from Greater Manchester, we're sorry but you’re not eligible at this time – please email us (below) so that we can keep you up to date with other opportunities.

I can already code, can I go straight into the Full Stack Development programme?

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Yes, but please do review the full syllabus as a skills test will be part of the entry process. If you’ve any questions about what’s required then please get in touch with us.

I’m concerned about the level of commitment needed for the programme

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We understand that taking part in a programme like this is a big time commitment. That’s why Introduction to Coding is an at-your-own-pace programme of study, with support where and when you need it.

Our main programme requires 30 hours of commitment a week, closer to what would be expected when you’re in full-time employment.

What about mental health support?

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We realise that, due to Covid-19, we are living in particularly stressful times. Mental health and wellbeing support is on-hand throughout the programme, and is built in to our programmes. There will always be someone to talk to, and additional support if needed.

About Us

Shift Click is a new training programme from Stockport Council and digital industry experts MadLab, for young people in Stockport and Greater Manchester.

The programme is funded as part of the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund, a joint venture between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership.

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