Don’t want to borrow to get the education you need to land a high-paying job? A coding Bootcamp is now paying students to learn computer programming, rather than charging tuition — and guaranteeing them jobs when they graduate.
The Virginia-based company, called Revature, is setting up classrooms at college campuses around the country and recruiting college graduates for a free 40-hour-per-week, 12-week crash course in hot skills like Java and data management. The students receive minimum wage during the course. In return, graduates commit to working for Revature for two years, at an annual salary of anywhere from $50,000 to $65,000. (Revature sends its graduates out to work as contract software engineers at firms such as banks, health insurers, retailers and the like.)
Schools similar to Revature aren’t that popular in Kenya, our research found the following:
Andela is an American talent accelerator that recruits and trains software developers and connects them with employers globally. The company identifies high-potential young people in Africa and gives them the training and mentorship needed to work as full-time developers, then integrates them remotely for technology companies. Andela is based in New York City, with additional offices in Lagos and Nairobi.
Currently, Andela is recruiting. You think you have what it takes to be an Andela fellow, learn more of the application.
Located in the heart of Kibera, Tunapanda trains business, computer programming and graphic design. The training is offered for free, but the trainees are given weekly stipends to motivate them to keep practising touch typing. As a trainee’s speed and accuracy increase so do the weekly stipend.
Tunapanda on boards some of its graduates to become apprentices, at this level the apprentice trains and specialises in a particular area.