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The CFG Massive Open Online Courses are our one-off taster sessions for complete beginners who are looking for somewhere to get started.

CFG MOOCs are designed in short segments to impart technical skills, confidence or career discovery. 

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These free, 60-90 minute-long sessions will introduce you to in-demand tech concepts and languages, and other key skills.

They are a great way to get a taste for different tech concepts, languages, and career tips’n’tricks.

We often have our partner companies helping us host these sessions, so there is also a great opportunity to find out how tech works across different organisations.

OVER 30 AREAS TO LEARN & EXPLORE

BEST FOR BEGINNERS

A GREAT PLACE TO START FOR THOSE NEW TO TECH

Most of our MOOCs are great for any beginner, but to start your journey, these  beginner concepts will give you a good intro into key tech areas and languages, and how they are applied across companies.

Many of these concepts can be built on with our more advanced MOOC topics OR through  our introduction classes (and even further with our nanodegree!).

Many of our MOOCs are sponsored by our partners, who will not only will take you through the concept, but also showcase how it is applied in their business with room for Q&As at the end.

 

PYTHON

Learn the basics of python programming and creating apps.

C#

A component-oriented programming language used for creating apps and in gaming.

MACHINE LEARNING & AI

Delve into this exciting topic and see how AI & Machine Learning is being developed.

WEB DEV

Learn key concepts across web dev incorporating languages, tools and skills.

JAVA

Find out more about this open-source programming language and how it is used.

JIRA

A vital project management tool used by many tech teams to track development.

DATA

Data is used across every business. We'll show some of the basic elements as to how it is used.

CSS

Learn how CSS is used in front-end development and find out the basic coding principles.

C++

Explore this language used to develop operating systems, browsers, games, and more.

HTML

A key language for websites, we'll show you the basics to get your started.

JAVASCRIPT

One of the most popular languages, learn how it is used and how it all works.

LEVEL UP WITH ADVANCED TOPICS

widen your knowledge and skills set

If you understand some of the key concepts and languages, a great way to widen your knowledge and skills set is with some of our more advanced MOOCs. 

These topics delve into more detailed, specific areas or go through more advanced tools and skills. 

These topics are also regularly sponsored by our partners, giving a great insight into how that particular tech works in their business.

 

NODE.JS

See how node.js works across things like websites and back-end API services.

R Projects

Find out more about this open-source programming language and how it used in data applications.

AGILE SPRINTS

Learn how tech teams use agile methogologies and sprints.

DATA VISUALISATION

Grow your data knowledge and skills with this topic on how to communicate data findings.

BUILDING APPS

Learn about how apps are developed - from coding to project management.

USING GIT

Learn how to use this tool for tracking changes in source code development.

BLOCKCHAIN

How does data work with blockchain and how does it all work anywho?

JAVASCRIPT II

Following on from JS, we delve deeper into this object-orientated programming language.

REACT

Find out what React is and how it is used with other tech like HTML, CSS and Javascript.

FIXING BUGS

Not the cockroach variety, but understanding how to address issues with your code.

PORTFOLIO & SKILL BUILDERS

SET YOURSELF UP FOR A CAREER IN TECH

Tech can be daunting when you start out, so we want to give you the best tools, skills, and tips’n’tricks to get started and have you well-prepared for your first (or maybe second, or third) role in tech!

We’ll go through applications and interview skills, assessment centres, and how best to build your profile. 

As an added bonus, we’ll have partner companies help showcase these areas and give some sweet insider know-how and tips.

CV BUILDER

Find out the best ways to optimise your resume / CV for tech roles.

JOB APPLICATIONS

They can be daunting, right? This session will showcase common requirements and the big no-nos.

HACKERRANK

What is it? How does it work? And how can you get the most out of it?

PROFILE BUILDER

Build up your tech profile - we'll share some great tips to launch your career in tech.

INTERVIEWS

How to blitz a tech job interview, what hiring managers are looking for, and more.

GITHUB

Your tech showcase platform. We'll give some examples of best practice.

COMMUNITY Q&A

Meet successful CFG members who have forged a career in tech, ask all the questions.

TECH TOOLS

Everyone wants tech to be easier. What are the go-to resources for seasoned developers?

CAREER PATHS

Meet women in tech from different industries and tech roles to find out more about career paths.

FIVE REASONS TO

GET INVOLVED

EXPLORE TECH TOPICS
GREAT FIRST STEP

Tech can seem like a scene from the Matrix, but opening the door to explore a range of topics, languages and tech skills will open your eyes to a whole new world. MOOCs help to make understanding tech wayyyy easier.

IT'S FREE
(AND FREEBIES ARE 👍!)

Ummm…. who doesn’t love something for free?! And with sessions being only 60-90mins, you can get back to your fave pastime in no time (which in a post-Covid world there will be loads!)

MEET COMPANY REPS
LEARN ABOUT ROLES

Most of our MOOCs are sponsored by our amazing company partners. This means you have a chance to find out more about how tech is used in their business and ask Qs.

IDEAS FOR CAREERS
SO MANY COOL ROLES!

It would take us ages to list them all, but imagine being part of a data team that comes up with a cure for MS? Or building an app to help with mental health? Or even making your own tech for some amazing idea you have. SO. MANY. OPTIONS 🤯

ADD TO YOUR RESUME
ADD NEW SKILLS

Boost your resume with new skills. Any future employer will appreciate extra know-how and a proactive approach to learning. Plus, you can build your confidence across so many tech topics. 

AVAILABLE MOOCs

FREE
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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INSIGHTS INTO USER-CENTRED DESIGN
THURS 20 JANUARY 2022
6.00pm - 7.30pm

Join IPO for an exciting insight into user-centred design!

IPO’s Service Design Team play a vital role in bridging the gap between user needs and business requirements ensuring services are designed for the people who use them. 

The team is split across both the Digital Delivery and Existing Systems functions of the IT Department, which collectively translate customer needs into design solutions for both our new technologies and our existing systems.

If you’re interested in finding out more about service design and the role it plays in tech, this MOOC is for you!

FREE
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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INTRODUCTION TO PYTHON WITH OPENREACH
TUES 25 JANUARY 2022
6.00pm - 7.30pm

Python is one of the most popular programming languages around, this is largely due to its accessible nature and simple syntax.

Some common uses for Python include building web apps and machine learning.

With this MOOC, you’ll delve more into what Python is, what it is used for, and how it is utilised at Openreach, and you’ll be able to ask questions live to team members!

FREE
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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How to Beat a Technical Interview
THURS 27 JANUARY 2022
6.00pm - 7.30pm

Are you ready to land a job in tech, but are you worried about the dreaded “technical interview”? Don’t worry! We’ve put together this concise MOOC to walk you through the best tips and tricks to prepare for a technical interview if you want to become a developer or software engineer!
Featuring the legendary team from GfK, this is not one to miss! Tell your friends and sign up today.

FREE
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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INTRODUCTION TO NODE.JS WITH NATWEST
TUES 1 FEBRUARY 2022
6.00pm - 7.30pm

Join developers at NatWest to learn about how Node.js is used in their tech stack.

Node is a super useful JavaScript environment, and a great tool to learn if you’re interested in learning to code for web development!

Sign up today and boost your knowledge on how to boost your web dev skills!

LAST CHANCE TO WATCH

FREE
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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Overcoming Imposter syndrome

Impostor syndrome is an experience that almost everyone goes through in their professional life, even the top cryptographers and engineers at GCHQ suffer from impostor syndrome sometimes. 

Fortunately, they’ve put together this MOOC to share their experiences and ways to overcome this crippling challenge. Sign up now!

FREE
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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INTRO TO STORYBOOK FOR REACT

This introduction will show you how to use Storybook with your React projects to build components that you can reuse and modify outside of your existing application. It provides a brief overview to the Storybook tool, how it’s used and how to write stories for your existing components.
If you’re interested in frontend development then come along and see how you can use Storybook to make awesome reusable components!

FREE
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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WEB ACCESSIBILITY & WHY IT'S IMPORTANT

Accessibility is a vital part of inclusion, and while steps have been made to make our physical environment more accessible, there is still much work to be done to make the digital environment accessible to all. 

This will be a beginner-level session introducing the audience to the topic of web accessibility and why it matters.

Make sure you also sign up for the other MOOC with Cognizant Foundation on 9th December! We recommend having basic HTML knowledge; however, if you don’t, that’s not a problem as we’ll also be sharing some links on how to test a website which you can follow along with.

FREE
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
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WEB ACCESSIBILITY TUTORIALS AND HOW TO TEST A WEBSITE

Building on the topics covered in Web Accessibility & Why It’s Important this MOOC covers ways to make websites more accessible to users and ways to test the accessibility of websites in real-time.

Even if you missed the first MOOC, make sure you sign up for this vital topic in front-end engineering and website development from our partners Cognizant Foundation!