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Fat Beehive hires first Code4000 graduate as part of new employment partnership

FOLLOWING the successful completion of the Code4000 curriculum, Ben Williams joins Fat Beehive as a full-time Junior Backend Developer based in Manchester.

The hire represents an important milestone as the first of the newly announced partnership between the two organisations in an effort to increase diversity in tech and reduce reoffending rates.

Ben started with Code4000 at Yoomee digital in Sheffield following his release in 2019 after always having a love for web-building and coding. An exemplary Code4000 student with a passion for the third sector, he now joins Fat Beehive with the necessary skills and experience to undertake a range of projects.

Mark Watson, CEO – Fat Beehive, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be able to employ Ben as a developer in our Manchester office  – Ben is highly motivated, skilled and very keen to learn more – he will be a great addition to the team.  People with different life experiences bring a different perspective to problem-solving and ways of working. Diverse teams are not only more innovative but also more productive, so this is good for our business, good for society and good for Ben. We look forward to working with Code4000 and taking on more of their graduates.”

Ben will support the wider development team and be central to the technical scoping and build of new and existing projects. Covering PHP, MySQL, TWIG, Javascript and jQuery, he will also be responsible for writing code and developing in both WordPress and Drupal.

Ben Williams, Junior Backend Developer, Fat Beehive, said:

“I’m extremely delighted to be joining Fat Beehive and looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead. It’s great to see a company being so proactive about its commitment to creating a more diverse workforce, and I’m happy to now be a part of it!.”

Shauna Devlin, Regional Manager North, Code4000, said:

“We’re always pleased to see our graduates progress into a role where their training at Code4000 will be utilised effectively. Ben has been an inspiration to all of us here, and we’re incredibly excited to see him joining a company that values our approach and has been so helpful throughout the process. I’m hoping this news will inspire other organisations to follow suit and adopt a more diverse approach to employment.”

Ben’s hire is set to be the first of many for Fat Beehive in conjunction with Code4000. In June 2021, the two organisations committed to a partnership that will see the agency take on one graduate per year as a part of its drive to increase accessibility and diversity within the technology sector, which has also seen an employment partnership with Code Your Future, a charity that trains some of the most deprived members of society to become web developers and helps them to find work in the tech industry.

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