We are looking for two apprentices to be part of Academy 2021, starting March 1st.
You’ll join the SIDE team and learn the core skills of no-code development: discovery, design, development, product management, workshop facilitation and tea drinking.
This is knitted together by Webflow, a website creation tool that radically changes the skill set required to deliver impactful user experiences.
We’d hope that there will be opportunities to continue working either at SIDE Labs or Refugee Action. At the very least, you should have turned yourself into a hyper-employable designer and no-coder, and we hope this will open the door to opportunities.
No qualifications or experience is required. We’ll be looking for the following (don’t worry if you don't hit them all):
We are always impressed by people who have taught themselves. We’d love to see what you’ve learned or built. Autodidacts, welcome!
You don’t have to consider yourself a writer. But we’ll pay close attention to your cover letter. We’ll be looking for someone who communicates tightly, makes a connection and has a touch of flair.
Perhaps you've played music or sport to a high standard: whether rapping or ultimate frisbee, viola or boxing - we are ready to be impressed. Perhaps you’ve got glowing letters of recommendation from somewhere you volunteer. Surprise us.
We love to see evidence that you’ve taken the hard way, whether for curiosity, love or money. Maybe you’ve worked somewhere over a long period, beyond what most mortals could sustain. Even if the job was unglamorous, we'll be impressed by the grind.
So much of what we do is about teamwork. We’ll be delighted if you’ve been involved in something bigger than yourself. Excellence at facilitating workshops, being a leading light in a community or starting something social will wow us.
We are aiming to make the world a better place. It would be wonderful if you are too. Tell us how or why or where!
We are happy for the job to be mainly remote, but we do like to work face-to-face occasionally (post-lockdown), so (mild) preference is given to candidates who get to central London on a weekly(ish) basis.
🚀 September 2020 - February 2021
When working as an accountant, Maryan realised her ambition was to solve problems, not just identify them. 9 months of self-study later, we are delighted SIDE Academy is the next step on her journey.
Due to personal circumstances Jaymie couldn't attend university, but he clearly had the talent. We are excited to have his skills on the team.
SIDE Academy aims to increase diversity in the charity technology sector. It's aimed at people who are under-represented in this sector.
In 2018, AVECO reported "only 9% of the voluntary sector workforce is from a BAME background." We are trying to do a tiny bit to redress this imbalance.
We are aware that a few chance encounters early in our careers had a huge impact on our life trajectory.
Many people don’t get those chances, whatever their talents. This is our tiny effort to redress this imbalance and open up opportunities.
Refugee Action aims to benefit 80,000 refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK.
Refugee Action helps refugees who’ve survived some of the world’s worst regimes. Refugee Action works to ensure people can access the basic support they need to live again with dignity, helping them to build safe, happy and productive lives in the UK.
SIDE stands for Social Impact Digital Explorers.
We focus on Social Impact. We aim to use technology to alleviate suffering, guide the vulnerable and reduce structural inequalities.
We call ourselves Digital Explorers because product development is fundamentally a process of exploration. Human motivations are complex and unreadable. Progress is made by exploring the problem area via rapid prototypes and user testing.