The award-winning Scion training scheme provided by Netmatters is a fantastic opportunity, for both the trainees who undertake the course and the organisations that we work with to find roles for the graduates.

Our scheme was born in order to fill a gap in our own workforce. We needed to take on more developers in-house but didn’t have the time to get junior developers up to speed for our needs. We were reliant on finding more experienced developers – just like every other business in the region. In order to prevent this from becoming a longer-term issue, we decided to bring individuals onboard who have a passion for coding/development and train them up to be fully-fledged developers.

Since 2017 things have changed and evolved. We still use the Scion Scheme to fill our own recruitment needs, but the tech community in Norfolk has also embraced the idea – and now we are looking to expand and roll out the opportunity to businesses looking to sponsor, all over East Anglia.

We are now able to offer our training to individuals in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge, and Essex and that means we will have talented, dedicated individuals looking for roles in all of those areas and we are looking for forward-thinking organisations to get involved in providing roles for these exceptional individuals to work towards.

"The Scion Coalition Scheme helps bridge the gap for individuals starting a software career. From an employer's perspective, the scheme has helped us find talented and enthusiastic recruits armed with the necessary technical and soft skills needed to make an effective contribution to the business."

- Matthew Shorten, CTO, Engage Health Systems

How does sponsorship work?

Netmatters is looking to partner with organisations across East Anglia that have a skills gap to fill. Do you struggle to recruit for junior technical roles? Do you have very specific requirements for your developers or digital marketers? 

We can help you to recruit the right candidates for your business and business needs – and train them up to your specifications. Our team here at Netmatters will work with you to understand exactly what you are looking for and ensure that the Scions we work with are matched to your needs.

If you need developer resources sooner rather than later we can match you up with Scions already on the scheme and tailor their training accordingly. If, on the other hand, you are looking for resources in the future we can look for a specific set of skills to build on and work with you to find the right person from the outset.

Whichever way it works best for you, you can interview prospective Scions, set training tasks for them, even have them come into your office for a trial day or days. All of this is positively encouraged. Once your Scion is ready to enter the workforce we’ll work with you to ensure a smooth transition all around.

What are the benefits to your business?

Beyond the obvious of filling the potential skills gap you have, the benefits of involvement in the Scion Scheme are numerous:

  • Reduced recruitment costs 
  • The ability to choose exactly the skills that your new recruit is developing
  • The knowledge that you are actively changing the life of someone who may not have had the same opportunity any other way
  • Working within the system allows you to proactively plan your own growth - if you know that you are looking at gaining a certain number of staff in 6 months time you can front-load your work in preparation
  • Trial Periods where the new recruit works for you on either a full or part-time basis for up to 12 weeks before you formally offer a position in your team
  • Ongoing Support - we're always available to continue to support your new recruit in their journey with you. If they need some additional training we can facilitate this where needed.

What commitment do we need from you?

We ask that you commit to a minimum of 6 month’s sponsorship, and there is a contribution towards the cost of training as part of your sponsorship.

You can be as hands-on in the training provision as you would like to be, you can set tasks or projects for the Scions to complete for example. Alternatively, you can give us your specifications for a trainee and we will find them for you.

We will work closely with you to provide the best possible fit for your role and needs.

Next Steps?

Netmatters are committed to providing training to individuals who have a passion for coding and web development. 

We upskill these individuals and help them find employment. As a sponsor the SCS, you can outline the required training and fine tune the activity you want your scion to learn. 

If this all sounds like it could be exactly what you are looking for to meet your recruitment needs, please contact us on 01603 704020, email us at or fill in an enquiry form.