To celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th of March we’ll be running a week long series of blog posts to celebrate the work we’ve achieved with our sponsors. The fourth and final company featured in this week’s series of posts is Level39...
Level39 are one of our oldest partners, in fact we started working together way back in 2013! We launched our very first course at Level39 in July of that year and since then we’ve run a total of eleven courses. Together we’ve taught a staggering 280+ women to learn to code for free at Level39!
Following on from our first course in 2013, we've run two London General courses every Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer since. Given the number of courses that have taken place it’s unsurprising that we’ve taught all levels of our curriculum at Level39, from Beginners HTML/CSS, to Ruby to Python.
One of our most dedicated Lead Instructors, Elizabeth Chesters, who has taught on several classes at Level39 said: "Level39 have not only provided a space but an honest and first-hand experience in their offices, our industry, and in careers."
Our very own CF: G Intern, Beverley Newing was a student and ambassador on the last Spring/Summer Beginner’s course. Beverley had this to say about her experience:
“I joined the Spring/Summer 2016 course myself as a student and Ambassador, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Adizah Tejani, Head of Ecosystem Development at Level39, stopped by in the 5th session to show us around the rest of the floor and talk to us a bit more about what Level39 does, which was really interesting and inspiring. Seeing other start-ups in the various co-working spaces whilst working on creating our own websites and start-up ideas made entrepreneurship feel really tangible, and showed us that it was a very real option.”
Level39 is an amazing venue, and its beautiful views have been distracting our students from all over London for the past 3 years! As Europe’s largest fintech accelerator located at the heart of Canary Wharf, it also offers fantastic networking opportunities. Our students have the chance to understand more about the many Fintech startups and wider communities within Level39’s ecosystem.
The staff at Level39 have always been incredibly engaged and committed to growing our partnership, in particular Adizah Tejani has been a real advocate for championing CF: G at Level39 over the last three years. In fact, Adizah Tejani joined us as a panellist for last year’s CF: G Annual conference, and received some great feedback on our Twitter feed from attendees who were clearly inspired by her talk. Amy French, Ecosystem Development Manager, and Amy Tsang, Assistant Finance and Project Analyst at Level39, have both completed our Beginner’s course and built some amazing websites! We’ve also had a number of guest speakers visit our courses from their ecosystem, including Veronique Barbosa from Revolut and Diana Biggs from Uphold.
Level39 has played a huge part in helping Code First: Girls get to where we are, and supported us right from the start. Running our London Generals courses wouldn’t have been possible without them. We are so delighted to be working in partnership with Level39 to take a lead in having such a positive impact on diversifying technology. We can’t wait to see how many women we will teach to code and inspire to pursue a career in technology and entrepreneurship together going ahead.
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