What is TechPixies?

TechPixies is an award winning social enterprise which helps women upskill with tech and improve their career prospects in a fun, safe and supportive environment. Our innovative course works because it is face to face, in term time and affordable.

 

Why face to face?

Women are already isolated enough when it comes to technology. We believe that learning new skills, particularly technical ones, is best done in a group environment and so most of our courses are taught with a minimum of 6 women and a maximum of 12 women in attendance.

What do others have to say about the TechPixies course?

Women who have taken part in the TechPixies course describe it as a ‘life changer’ and their ‘safe place.’ All of the women who have taken part in our course have seen an improvement in their digital skillset and as a result of the group coaching and network of new friends, most women have seen an increase in their personal happiness.

Don’t take it from us… hear what some of the women who’ve completed the programme have to say:

Phoebe Larcombe

Phoebe Larcombe

“An excellent course! A fantastic bunch of women, an amazing life coach and some great teaching. I came away with added confidence, new skills and some great friends. As a direct result I now have a job that I really enjoy which has the flexibility I need while my children are young. It helped me rediscover my passion to learn and taught me that it is never too late to start something new. Thank you TechPixies!” – Phoebe Larcombe (now managing the social media for the Gone for Good App)

 

Heidi Evans

Heidi Evans

“If you are thinking of going back to work after a career break, but feel that you may lack the confidence or need to update your skills, then the TechPixies program is for you! A hugely supportive environment with like-minded people and a really creative, practical approach to training. I couldn’t recommend TechPixies more highly.” – Heidi Evans  (now managing the graphic design for TechPixies)

Verity Arndt

Verity Arndt

“After trying to return to work with two small children and finding it tough, I took some time out to reconsider my options. The skills and support I got from Techpixies helped me see my value in the workplace and rediscover my confidence. I’m now back working part time in a great Oxfordshire company that gets the value of flexibility.” – Verity Arndt (now Global Marketing Communications Manager at Oxford Instruments)

 

Helen Moss-Black

Helen Moss-Black

“Applying for this course was a giant leap out of my comfort zone – with no previous marketing experience at all. The learning curve has been steep but one of the many things that sets this course above the rest is the learning environment: it is so supportive. The course encourages a skill-share culture whereby everyone has a voice and no question is ever too silly (and I’ve asked plenty!).” – Helen Moss-Black (now working as COO (job share) for TechPixies)

 

Who should apply?

Women come to us from all walks of life. Here are just a few examples of some of the women who have participated in our course, see if you can relate?

  • Women who have taken a career break to look after children or an elderly relative and now feel out of touch and under-confident with technology.
  • Women who may have had a career break due to a mental or physical illness and who are now on the road to recovery.
  • Women who are starting their own business or want to grow their business and have a desire to learn the technical side of things themselves

Are there any pre-requisites to participating in the programme?

You do not need any prior experience in marketing or digital marketing before coming onto our course. We are looking for woman who show an interest in learning new skills and a positive, can-do attitude.

 

What is the time commitment?

In addition to the 4 hours per week you will spend in training and tutorials, you will need to set aside 4-8 hours more in order to complete the other requirements of the course.

When & where is TechPixies course taught?

We run courses regularly in Oxfordshire and are now expanding into London and across the country as demand for our courses grows. Find out the specifics on our locations page. Our next intakes are in November 2017, January, February and April 2018. Download term dates.

 

What will you learn?

 

At TechPixies, we teach you everything and we will assume you have never learned it before.

 

We promise you that no prior experience in marketing is required to apply!

 

 You’ll get a solid introductory course in the fundamentals of digital marketing and walk away with operating knowledge of the following essential applications:

WEEK 1

You will learn how to access your Google Drive and the importance of collaborating on live Google Docs and Google Sheets.

WEEK 2

Discover why brand guidelines are essential in digital marketing and learn how to create digital elements in Canva.

WEEK 3

Learn how to set up and use instagram, navigate hashtags, grow a following and discover filters how to use filters.

WEEK 4

Fear Twitter no longer, have fun in twitter chats, explore twitter as a way to learn more about the things you are interested in.

WEEK 5

You’ll learn how to build and manage a facebook page for business as well as get an introduction to paid advertising.

WEEK 6

Learn to schedule posts in advance so that you can be organised and strategic about when you post and what you post.

WEEK 7

Get your Linkedin profile set up properly and find out how useful Linkedin can be in finding a job or promoting a business.

WEEK 8

Learn about the importance of content marketing and the essential ins and outs of the world’s most powerful CMS.

WEEK 9

You’ll get a solid understanding of the key elements of email marketing and get to build an email campaign in MailChimp.

WEEK 10

Learn how to read, interpret and report back on Google Analytics as well as the analytics from the top social networks.

WEEK 11

Bring all your new knowledge together in a beautiful and easy to use Visual Marketing Plan (© Ben Mumby-Croft)

WEEK 12

Congratulations you are a TechPixie! With your new digital skillset, what will you do next?

 

All this and a supportive, fun-loving network of like-minded women for just

£137.50 + VAT/month

for the first year*

* You may also choose to pay for your course in one payment of £1500 + VAT and save £150 + VAT. Your first payment or payment in full is due to confirm your place on the course prior to the start of the course. Upon completion of 12 payments or 12 months (should you pay in advance), you will automatically become a member of the alumni community in which you have free access to the Facebook Group for life. As an alumni, you are invited to pay £5/month to keep your email address and maintain access to our ever-expanding teaching platform, both of which can be cancelled at anytime.

 

What if I cannot afford the course?

Women who invest in themselves are 3x more likely to succeed than women who don’t. That said, we know that for some women, extenuating circumstances mean that you may not be able to afford the course at this time. In this case, you can indicate on your application what percentage of the course fee you would like to ask for as a scholarship. You can also explain your circumstances as to why you need a scholarship. Each application will be considered by a committee and an offer will be made when we have taken into account all the needs of the women who are in your cohort.

To be considered for a 50-90% scholarship, your HOUSEHOLD INCOME (partner + yourself or just yourself) MUST BE LESS than a single national living wage earner (£17.5k outside of London, £20.5k inside London). Examples of women who have received 50-90% scholarships in the past include:

  • Women who are unemployed at the time of applying AND who are on benefits and/or whose partner in on benefits
  • Women who are unemployed AND whose partner is also unemployed or being made redundant
  • Single mothers who are the sole provider

To be considered for a 10-50% scholarship, your HOUSEHOLD INCOME (partner + yourself) MUST BE LESS than the national living wage of 1.5 earners (£27k outside of London, £31k in London). Examples of women who have received partial tuition scholarships of 10-50% include:

  • Women who have set up their own businesses and are in their first year of trading
  • Women who are working part-time

We will not require proof of your household income, however, you will have to sign a self-declaration form if you receive a scholarship.

How do I apply?

You will need to fill out the Digital Marketing Course Application. As part of your application we will need 2 references (one work and one personal). Once we receive your application we may call you for interview. Please copy and paste your responses from the application form into a backup document in case your application does not come through (sadly this has happened a few times and we are working hard to fix it!) – if you do not receive an email confirmation that we have your application, please send your backup document via email to info@techpixies.com. 

After we have reviewed your application, we’ll invite you to an interview. Following the interview, we’ll review your financial needs and then make an allocation to a programme dependent on the number of spaces still available. Should you be offered a space on the course, you will need to activate your monthly payment to confirm your acceptance of your place prior to starting your course.

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Not ready? Or not in your area yet? No problem… Register your interest and we’ll keep you informed as to the latest courses and locations.

other points to consider…

Do I need a computer and a smart phone to participate in the programme?

It will be extremely helpful if you have a laptop and a smartphone which you can bring to the weekly training sessions.  However, if you do not have a laptop, the TechPixies programme may be able to lend you a computer should you need. You will need to have your own smartphone (android or iphone will be fine). Tablets and phones will not suffice.

 

Will I receive help in finding a job after the course is finished?

Yes! We have fantastic partners we can point you to and jobs are shared in the facebook group regularly. Some TechPixies have even gone on to hire new TechPixies. Should you decide to start your own business, we can signpost you in the right direction for business mentorship and workshops to help you start up successfully.