National College for Digital Skills to establish further base in Manchester

Godel backs Ada in their endeavours to expand up North.

Ada, the National College for Digital Skills, is expanding to Manchester this Autumn. Ada was set up in 2016 in London and has established an impressive track record through its sixth form and apprenticeship programmes.

Ada has three social mission goals: to educate and empower diverse learners; to help these learners find good quality jobs in the tech sector; and to increase the number of young women they help enter the industry. Godel are very proud to back Ada in their mission, having donated to the institution to help kick-start their work in the North, and replicate the successes to date.

Chairman of Godel Technologies, Scott Fletcher, explains “After seeing the positive impact of Ada in London, I was keen to get involved and support them as they expand their services in Manchester. It’s key for us to be able to empower the next generation and help them to develop into the next generation of digital leaders.”

Neil McMurdo, CEO at Godel adds “We think it’s really important to help young adults develop their skills in all walks of life. At Godel, we are proud to offer apprenticeships within various departments at our Manchester HQ. Being a tech-centric company, we understand the importance of helping to diminish a future skills gap in the tech sector here in the UK, which is ultimately why we are really proud to be able to pledge our support to the Ada college”.

Based on Oxford Road, and surrounded by numerous tech employers and a student hub, Ada is ideally located, right in the heart of the city’s booming tech scene.

Ada believes that tech is truly a tool for social mobility, so it makes perfect sense that they enable students to gain valuable experience whilst at the same time working towards different tech qualifications. Although this is what helps Ada to stand out as the college of choice for many young people, it’s vital for their mission that they continue to be backed by the industry and by people that will offer their support through whatever means possible.

CEO of Ada, Mark Smith said: “We’re delighted to have Godel’s support as we make this important next step. We’re very proud of what we have achieved over the last four years and look forward to building on this in Manchester. There is so much local talent that we are keen to nurture and develop, creating and supporting a pipeline of tech-talent for the North – we’re really excited to start this next chapter.”

If you’d like to hear more about how you can help support Ada, visit their website here.

Lou Cordwell, co-chair of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership said: “We’re particularly excited to see Ada come to Manchester. They have a proven track record and will make a key contribution to digital skills development in the region, supporting our goal to be a leading digital city region. Initiatives like Ada are vital for our ambition to Build Back Better in Greater Manchester – it’s more important than ever that young people are supported to access opportunities in the growing tech sector.”

About Ada, the National College for Digital Skills

Ada, the National College for Digital Skills was announced by the Prime Minister in December 2014. It is England’s first new Further Education College since 1993 and opened doors to students in September 2016. Ada offers a specialist sixth form where every student studies computer science as well as a higher and degree level digital apprenticeship programme in conjunction with some of the UK’s biggest names in industry in London and Manchester.

Ada’s mission is to work with industry to design and deliver an education that empowers all its students, especially women and those from low-income backgrounds, to progress into highly skilled digital roles and lead flourishing lives. Ada is focused on using digital skills as a tool for social mobility.

For more information about Ada contact Amy Fowler, Director of External Relations at amy@ada.ac.uk