Manchester Codes is now Command Shift

Mar 11 / Joe Stephens
Manchester Codes -> Command Shift

Hi, it’s us, Manchester Codes. Except, Manchester Codes is no more. Welcome to Command Shift.

Confused? We get it, so to clear everything up, we thought we would give you a quick run down of who we are and why we’ve made this change. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride…
A picture of our first classroom as MCRcodes


Established in 2017, MCRcodes burst onto the scene as the world’s first part-time coding bootcamp. Born and raised in Manchester, we had a classroom in the heart of the city, where we taught students face-to-face in the evenings, with many of them studying around their day jobs.

However, after a year of MCRcodes, we felt a change was needed. We wanted a name that better reflected our roots, and a brand that better reflected our innovative curriculum and expert tutors. So, in 2018, MCRcodes became Manchester Codes. Which is probably how you best know us now!

A photo of our former in-person classrooms, with a tutor teaching a class

Manchester Codes

In March 2020, we moved to virtual classes, and after positive feedback from our staff and students, we decided to pivot to 100% online delivery. We know how helpful it has been for our staff and students with the additional flexibility, but also to be able to participate in our classes from anywhere in the UK (or the world if you fancy a change of scenery!). It has also prepared our students for the remote work environment now commonplace at many employers. So I suppose, COVID-19, we will say a reluctant thank you, for that.
A photo of our old online lectures as Manchester Codes

Up to now

But enough about that, let’s talk about our journey from 2017 to this point!

Over the years, we have accomplished an awful lot. We have:
  • 🧑‍🎓 Taught over 200 students from all over the UK (and some from around the world!)
  • 🧑‍🏫 Helped 22 amazing cohorts of students jumpstart their careers in tech
  • 🧑‍💻 Had students go on to work for companies such as IBM, BAE Systems and

We really couldn’t be prouder. 

We have really grown over these 5 years, and are so excited for the future. And although we love Manchester Codes and everything the brand resembles, we teach across the country, so it no longer accurately reflects who we are.

So, we did a lot of thinking. We thought about everything Manchester Codes stood for, and how we’d channel that into our new brand. And the name we came up with, well, can you guess?

Command Shift

A gallery of illustrations as Command Shift
That’s where Command Shift makes its dramatic entrance.

After brainstorming with our team and working alongside our partners, we settled on the following: 

Command Shift is:
  • 🚀 Go-ahead
  • 🚀 Thorough
  • 🚀 Agile
  • 🚀 Bold

And we have 4 core values. They are:
  • 🚀 Simplicity
  • 🚀 Innovation
  • 🚀 Equity
  • 🚀 Expertise

Our mission is to evolve to support the growth of all people who want to learn, and that is it. We are not numbers based; we won’t pile on a ton of pressure. If you want to succeed, we want to help you. For us, there is no perfection. What matters is an ongoing effort to improve tech education and make it more just and accessible for people regardless of their background. 

We are not about extreme kaizen but emphatic improvement.

We are Command Shift.

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Special mention ❤️

All this wouldn't have been possible without the support of our partners 🇺🇦 olymp, who designed our beautiful new brand, and 🇺🇦 who continue to support our growth and development. Also a massive thanks goes to the Command Shift team who have helped to shape the brand from day one and ensure it continues to align with our culture.

So after all that, what do we actually do?

We are a 28 week part-time programme, taught 100% remotely, that will take you from a complete beginner in software development to Junior Developer. 

We have a dedicated career support team who can help you with your CV, LinkedIn profile, interview prep, and so much more. When it comes to changing careers, we’ve got your back.

Interested? Join any time, by subscribing here. Get started today to jumpstart your career into tech! We can't wait to meet you.