In 2017, James launched Tech Returners with co founder Beckie Taylor to empower returners and enable their opportunities in tech, by providing development and creating accessible routes into businesses through continual training and technology, resulting in more diverse and inclusive workforces. Since 2017 Tech Returners has enabled 29 careers into technology, and 26 of those women, through it's Your Journey Into Tech programme which delivers free software development training and career development support to deliver individuals into careers in tech.
There are currently 40 individuals in the Your Journey Into Tech programme the teaching of which is led by James, previous graduates of the programme are currently roles with businesses including ANS Group, BBC, Lloyds Banking Group and AutoTrader and the organisation is currently delivering an exclusive partnership to deliver female talent into software engineering teams at Booking.com. The Your Journey Into Tech programme will also roll out in London with a second partnership with the BBC.
In 2020 Tech Returners will begin delivery of new programme Your Journey Through Tech spearheaded by James the programme will deliver courses which enable upskilling through a career in software development and will begin with the DevOps Theory and Practice course which will provide a hands-on introduction to the theory and practice of DevOps covering a range of topics including Architecting, DeliveryCI/CD, Infrastructure as Code, Amazon Web Services, Observability and Containerization.
Through the success of the Your Journey Into Tech programme Tech Returners has worked exclusively with businesses like the BBC and Booking.com and has doubled turnover since it's inception in 2017.