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Wellington Dev Academy to meet local demand for skilled software developers
Posted on 3-Dec-2013 09:18. | Tags Filed under: News.



An innovative solution by way of an up-skilling boot camp to meet the growing demand for smart ICT workers in the Wellington region has been launched.

Grow Wellington, the economic development agency for the Wellington region, has provided seed funding to help kick-start Enspiral Dev Academy, an initiative, which would see Wellington workers able to hit the ground running in existing roles after completing a nine week intensive web developer programme.

Based on the successful DevBootcamp model from San Francisco, Enspiral’s Developer Academy is an intensive nine week pressure cooker programme designed to radically upskill passionate and capable software developers preparing them to step straight into great jobs.

“We’ve never had anything like this in New Zealand before. For our candidates this will be a powerful step up, opening doors into some of New Zealand’s most exciting businesses,” says Rohan Wakefield, Co-Founder of Enspiral Dev Academy.

“ICT in the Wellington region is going from strength to strength and companies are calling out for skilled workers,” says Adrian Gregory, General Manager for Innovation and Workforce Grow at Grow Wellington. “We saw an opportunity to work with Enspiral and make a significant contribution towards addressing what is an immediate need.”

Mr Gregory says the fee will be $11,000 per place on the programme, with $4000 of this fee to be refunded by the Academy when a graduate obtains a job in the industry. Wellington City Council is also sponsoring graduates who take up employment in the industry in Wellington by way of a bursary. “There is also provision for IT businesses to sponsor students and fund them through their studies, partially or completely.”

It couldn’t come at a better time. NZ’s tech industry is hungry for talent.

“This is a great initiative to increase the skills of New Zealanders in the IT sector as we build more globally competitive businesses. This partnership with Dev Academy is a great step forward and I look forward to working with Dev Academy students and seeing the results on graduation day,” says Rod Drury, CEO of Xero

High skilled IT professionals are the fuel for the high tech, innovation economy. The current shortage means stunted growth or looking offshore to fill current staff needs. For our businesses to compete globally, we need initiatives like Dev Academy to attract and upskill the right kind of tech talent.

There will be 30 places available on each programme. “They are open to anyone with passion and proficiency with a computer. There is no age limit, people will need to be motivated, resourceful self starters,” says Enspiral’s owner Rohan Wakefield.


More information: http://devacademy.co.nz/...

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