INNOVATIVE NEW EDUCATION PATHWAY TO REDUCE UNIVERSITY DROPOUTS AND INCREASE REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN STEM
Cutting-edge technology training company and home to Australia’s only accredited coding bootcamps, Coder Academy is launching a new program called the ‘GenTech Bootcamp’ in March 2018. The year-long, part-time coding boot camp is designed for school and university leavers (ages 18-24), in particular, girls to gain essential 21st Century digital and tech skills before entering university or careers in industry.
With 40 percent of current jobs predicted to be automated or replaced by careers involving STEM skills over the next decade, there is an urgent need for the education sector to drive interest and awareness towards careers in technology.
Enrolments in high school STEM courses are at a 20 year low, fewer students are enrolling into STEM courses at university, and those who do tend to drop out in the first year, according to the National Scientific Statement. This trend is even more prevalent amongst women in their first year, who make up only 16 percent of IT and engineering students across Australian universities, due to a lack of confidence and minimal prior experience in STEM.
Sally Browner, General Manager of Coder Academy, said: “Despite being regarded as ‘digital natives’, there is a lost generation of high school leavers who have not been exposed to coding or the career pathways that evolve from this skill. Many girls’ secondary schools don’t even offer courses like Engineering and Software Design or run coding as an extracurricular program. So, for many students, and especially girls, students get no exposure at home or school, and face a very high risk of dropping out of one of these courses at university.”
Coder Academy’s GenTech Bootcamp is designed to bridge this gap. The program will deviate from Coder Academy’s existing six-month long, intensive accredited bootcamp that has been incredibly popular with career changers and employers since it began running in March 2016. GenTech will run over the course of 12 months, 20 hours per week, to allow recent high school and university graduates to work while studying.
As with the Fast Track Bootcamp, GenTech is also accredited and results in a higher education Diploma of IT, which includes a four-week cadetship with a range of top-tier technology companies. Spots in the first GenTech bootcamp will be restricted to 25 in order to provide a premium educational experience with a high teacher to student ratio.
The course is designed for bright students who think outside the box and have a keen interest in being well prepared for the future, but who feel they have missed out on critical tech training during their schooling. ATAR and performance in STEM courses are considered but is not decisive; the key entry criteria will involve a successful online application, in-person interview, and a problem-solving test.
Coder Academy is the most loved Australian Coding Bootcamp provider according to Course Report. Our accredited coding Bootcamps will set you up for a new career in tech via our Fast Track Bootcamp or our Flex Track Bootcamp . Our immersive courses help students acquire in-demand skills through hands on, project-based training by industry educators and experts.
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