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Richard Fuller MP with Low-code Academy graduates Tufayl and Charlie, together with Training Manager Raj Singh.

Founded by MATS, the Low-code Academy pioneers a new solution to the digital skills shortage: training graduates to “code without coding”.

It’s no secret that the UK has a serious shortage of digital talent.

In September this year, TechUK calculated that 134,000 new tech professionals will be needed by UK businesses each year until 2020. Yet those skills are in such short supply that in February, a slew of digital roles were added to the UK’s Shortage Occupation Lists.

So far, responses to the crisis have included more focus on teaching coding in schools; proposals to relax immigration rules on skilled developers from overseas; and organisations simply accepting they need to fight harder for longer to secure the digital talent they need.

A radical new solution to the digital skills crisis

At MATS we’ve identified a radically different solution. We call it The Low-code Academy, and it could help to secure the UK’s future as a global centre of digital innovation.

At the heart of the Low-code Academy is a simple idea: train students to become coders without coding.

Learning to code without coding

The tools exist today to allow smart people to design and build software applications without writing a single line of code. We’ve developed one such tool – our Low-code development platform, MATS.

Anyone who understands business requirements and process design can use MATS to configure and build a prototype in days – and then, based on user feedback, refine it into a working application in just a few weeks.

In doing so they can get applications developed far faster than traditional development teams – giving their organisation a major speed advantage.

Low-code Academy trains a new generation of developers

We’re so confident this is the future of software development that we’ve set up a Low-code Academy to train a new generation of Low-code professionals.

Working with our local colleges and universities, MATS provides graduates with training and mentoring over the course of a self-paced Low-code development project.

After finishing the Academy, graduates are in an excellent position to secure digital roles in exciting, fast-moving organisations – and those organisations benefit from trained developers who can design and build new applications extremely fast. And of course we hire the pick of the crop!

A pool of new digital talent

Most excitingly, the Low-code Academy has the potential to create a pool of digital talent to fill many of the new developer roles that will become available over the next few years.

It’s great that our local MP, Richard Fuller, is helping connect the dots between MATS and our local colleges. Richard visited MATS to personally congratulate our recent Low-code Academy graduates Tufayl and Charlie, and present them with their certificates. Here’s what he said:

“MatsSoft has become one of the region’s fastest growing technology companies, and this initiative has made them a valuable educator of our young people as well. I’m now helping our further education colleges to team up with the MATS Low-code Academy so that academic and real world qualifications can be joined up to produce more high-quality employment opportunities for our region’s young people.”

Low-code delivering advantages for UK plc

Innovative and customer-focused companies like Nationwide, Thomas Cook, Vodafone and Yorkshire Building Society are already securing a commercial advantage with Low-code solutions.

By hiring Low-code developers, more UK organisations will be able to develop faster, bring new products and services to market faster, and keep pace with rapid changes in what customers expect from digital applications and services.

Find out more about Low-code development with MATS: www.matssoft.com/product