In 2016, The Bytes Project was awarded a grant of £464,827 from the Big Lottery Fund (now The National Lottery Community Fund) to runExodus 500, a three year, Northern Ireland based project.

The Exodus 500 project supported 500 young people aged 16-25 facing significant employment barriers in Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, Limavady, Magherafelt and Lisburn. The Bytes Project worked to improve the employability skills and confidence of these young people, including those who were homeless and living in sheltered accommodation.

The project used digital technology to create flexible learning experiences and involved mentoring, team building and employability skills, as well as health and well being courses, and work experience. The project supported young people to gain qualifications, connect with their community and improve their self-esteem. 

The programme ended in March 2019.