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The rise of Silicon Valley-style coding bootcamps promises cure for skills crisis

George Nott | April 28, 2017
Is it really possible to produce a fully-fledged developer in a matter of weeks?


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Employers appear pleased with bootcamp graduates. A survey of 1,000 US-based technology company hiring managers and recruiters, released yesterday by job-listing site Indeed, found that 72 per cent say coding bootcamp graduates were just as prepared and just as likely to be high performers as candidates with traditional computer science degree backgrounds.

Some 80 per cent said they had hired a coding bootcamp graduate for a technical role within their company and 99 per cent would do so again. And while 40 per cent preferred candidates with a computer science degree, an equal number had no preference.

"If the US experience is anything to go by, it's likely that Australian employers will be seeing more applications from candidates with bootcamp qualifications," said Chris McDonald, managing director ANZ at Indeed.

"Employers in the US believe they are a good way to close the tech talent gap, retrain workers from other professions and even bring more diversity to the tech industry. There's a lot of work to do here in Australia but also a huge amount of potential."

McDonald added that Indeed itself had hired from bootcamps, and the individuals had proven to be 'really strong performers'.

"Now that a few cohorts have gone through and we're starting to see those high employment rates, employers are starting to take more notice," added Nambiar.

Of the 150 Coder Factory bootcamp graduates, "almost 75 per cent" had found employment within three months of graduating.

"Combine that with all of the stuff going on around 457 visas and the restriction on bringing in foreign labour...for those higher-demand, skilled occupations the employers are getting a little bit worried," Nambiar said. "They're starting to think well I need to look at alternative avenues than university to fill my pipeline."

"Bootcamps are extremely effective and create very hirable talent so I trust they'll help to fill the void," added Meyer. "Our mission is to create a pipeline of diverse talent for today's most in-demand jobs and in doing so, shorten a skills gap in today's workforce - particularly in the tech industry."

Source: CIO Australia


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