Companies are not only looking for high demand tech skills, says Elspeth Coates, Enterprise Client Director, Makers Academy, but cultural skills as well. “Companies are looking for developers that are commercially aware, that can work collaboratively and work well with teams and across sectors, she says. Makers Academy is a 12-week computer programming bootcamp in London. It was founded by Rob Johnson and Evgeny Shadchnev in December 2012 and is designed to turn people with no knowledge of web development into job-ready junior developers in 12 weeks.
Before supporting firms looking for fresh tech talent, Makers Academy evaluates whether the organisation is compatible with their bootcamp graduates or ‘Makers’.
“The really important thing for us is when looking at engineering cultures within organisations and understanding if they are environments that are going to support and celebrate learning and continuous development and if it has the right attitude to help engineers progress,” says Coates. “It is really important that all those tenants are there. If they are not it is really hard to progress with digital transformation.”
To read more about Makers Academy, find out how Maker Funmi Adewodu found her dream job at Starling Bank after attending a hackathon.