JavaScript & TypeScript programme

Are you an experienced tech professional looking to re-enter the industry, but unsure of where to start?

Perhaps you’re feeling less confident this time around, or think that you might not have the necessary commercial experience? If so, our Tech Returners 13-week JavaScript and TypeScript course is the perfect avenue to get you back to tech and back to feeling confident in your skills and experience.

And the best part? It’s completely free.

Funded by: Department for Education

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This programme is designed for experienced tech professionals who have taken a career break of 6 months or longer and are now seeking to re-enter the industry.

Perhaps you’re feeling less confident this time around, or think that you might not have the necessary commercial experience? If so, our free 13-week re-skilling course in JavaScript and TypeScript is the perfect avenue to get you back to tech and back to feeling confident in your skills and experience.

Programme duration: 13 weeks
Location: Online
Course fees: Free

Refreshing your technical skills: Through a combination of teaching sessions, workshops, and practical projects, you will gain a deep understanding of modern JavaScript and TypeScript. We’ll help you hone your skills, refresh your knowledge, and provide you with the latest insights into the tech industry.

You will be supported throughout by our team of knowledgeable and dedicated tech coaches and mentors who collectively hold over 20 years of combined industry experience. They will provide you with clear, personalised, and actionable feedback on your work and will be on hand to answer questions or point you to further resources.

Career and confidence building: But it’s not just about technical skills. You’ll also receive bespoke Career and Mindset coaching to help you build the skills needed to excel in your career, like having a growth mindset, framing your career break positively, and navigating interviews.

We understand that returning to the tech industry after a break can be daunting, but rest assured, our team are experienced in working with people returning to tech and know exactly how to help you reach your full potential. Aside from that, they’re also a lovely bunch of people!

The Tech Returners JavaScript & TypeScript programme is split up into four distinct sections. Each section includes a blend of both technical and Career and Mindset coaching. Let’s dive into the details!



  • Light technical warmup, featuring refreshers & introductions to topics such as Git Version Control, HTML and code quality

Career and mindset:

  • Building your confidence
  • Getting into a growth mindset

Software Fundamentals


  • Intro to HTML
  • Modern JavaScript
  • CSS Key Concepts
  • Advanced JavaScript
  • Runtimes, Modules & TypeScript
  • Intro to TypeScript
  • Semantic HTML & Accessibility
  • Software Testing & TDD
  • Asynchronous code
  • Advanced TypeScript
  • Kata Seminar & Mars Rover Kickoff
  • Algorithms & Debugging
  • Data Structures
  • Testing Practices & Principles
  • Mars Rover Presentations

Career and mindset:

  • Goal Setting Workshop
  • Reframing your break
  • Dealing with impostor syndrome
  • Building your emotional resilience
  • Giving & Receiving Feedback



  • Design patterns
  • Intro to HTTP
  • Database setup
  • Data & Databases
  • Intro to MVC & APIs
  • Testing APIs & Connecting to Databases

Career and mindset:

  • Identifying your strengths
  • How to build rapport with interviewers



  • CSS Methodologies
  • Mobile First & Responsive Design
  • Intro to the DOM
  • Intro to React
  • React Hooks
  • Testing React Components
  • Fetching Data in React
  • CSS in React
  • Testing React API Calls
  • Intro to React Router
  • Thinking in React
  • Exploring the Frontend Ecosystem

Group project:

  • Building an entire full stack application alongside a team

Career and mindset:

  • Communicating your Experience
  • CV Workshop
  • Owning your Tech-spertise
  • Reverse-engineering a job description
  • Interview Prep Workshop

(Sessions are subject to change before the start of the programme)

This course is funded by the Department for Education.

  • You will need experience of a role in software engineering with hands-on coding, preferably in JavaScript or related technologies.
  • To have had a career break of at least 6 months and be committed to returning to technology via the Tech Returners programme.
  • You must not have already participated in a funded Skills Bootcamp since 1st April 2023.
  • There can’t be significant overlap between the course curriculum and previous formal education you may have recently completed.
  • Meet the residency requirements for this funding- you can find out more details here, or speak to us if you’re unsure whether or not you meet them. Usually this means you need to have been resident in the UK for the last three years.
  • You must reside in England to qualify for this programme and have an appropriate right-to-work in the UK (You will be asked to submit your passport, visa or share code evidence during the application process).
  • You must have a National Insurance number.
  • You will need to take ownership and have the curiosity to work on different projects collaboratively and independently.

Our programmes provide the support and coaching you need to get back to a career in tech. You may feel a bit ‘rusty’ or low in confidence but that’s why we’re here – to catch you in, not catch you out!

Let’s run through how to apply for Tech Returners courses. Our application process is as follows:

  1. Complete the application form: First stop is to complete our application form which asks a few simple questions about you and the programme you’re interested in.
  2. Book an introduction call: Now that you’ve applied, it’s time to book your Introduction Call with a member of our friendly team. In this 10-20 minute call, we’ll discuss your eligibility plus the next steps in the process. There’s no need to worry and nothing to prepare before the call. This is a great opportunity to get to know each other and for you to ask any questions that you might have! You’ll receive a link to set up your account to book your introduction call. For the best experience, make sure you’ve got a strong signal and a quiet space during the call.
  3. Complete our tech task: At this stage, you need to complete a short tech task to help us understand how you approach your code.
  4. Complete our behavioural interview: Finally, there’s an online behavioural interview. This interview will be conducted in a safe and friendly manner and is nothing to be afraid of! Once you’ve successfully passed this stage, you’ll get an offer to join our Tech Returners programme!
  5. Start the course: If you’ve been successful, you’ll start your journey to returning to tech!


Please note: This is a full-time programme and we expect you to spend around 30-35 hours a week on it. The sessions and group work usually take place during the day from Mondays to Thursdays, so we recommend that you keep those days free each week for the duration of the course.

Sessions run between 10am and 3pm (parents, we see you!) and are all delivered remotely via Zoom and Google Classroom. The remainder of the hours are up to you to spend on assignments and independent learning.

The Tech Returners JavaScript & TypeScript programme is fully funded by Skills Bootcamps – part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, helping everyone gain skills for life. This means that all places on the programme are free (fully-funded) for returners.


We have a dedicated team here at Tech Returners who work to identify career opportunities for you after the programme.

Our Returner Placement Team will support you in sourcing interviews and initiating contact with progressive companies who want to hire Returners like yourself.

At Tech Returners, our main goal is getting as many experienced Returners back into the industry as possible, so you can be confident that we will be working hard to find opportunities!

We believe that you’ll be in a great position on completion of this programme to secure a job in software engineering.

Not only will you be an individual with tech experience and would have gained valuable transferable skills on your career break, but by completing the course, you’ll be leaving with refreshed tech skills and increased confidence, armed with techniques that help you showcase yourself and your expertise to potential hiring partners.

What company wouldn’t want a Returner like that in their tech team?!

You can read more about past Returners who have had success with us – click here…

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Revive your software career today!

We know it’s been a while since you’ve been in tech, but guess what? It’s never too late to reignite your passion and dive back into the amazing world of technology!

Apply today with the confidence that we’re here to provide the support you need to succeed.