Overwhelming response was gotten from my business's offer to onboard developers, we had an average of over 50 emails an hour coming in applying, and we're intending on slowly accepting them all. Our little team of 5 just became a team of almost 40 overnight, an incredible growth, and all with the intention to strictly publish open source software under MIT license.
One thing that has struck me with all applications, I'll paraphrase what an overwhelming 71% of applications said, quote: "I attended name development bootcamp 3 months ago and have not gotten a job" - for many, it's a shot in the face - you work hard and pay lots of money for bootcamps, and come out empty handed for months. A problem that bugs me for new developers who deserve the opportunity and want to jump right in the workforce.
After careful discussion this early morning with my team, we're prepared to change that. (A bit about us: we're a product company who delivers SaaS products to private customers under NDA)
Here's what our thoughts are - there needs to be a better way for bootcampers to achieve careers quickly, and gain valuable experience right after completing a bootcamp; so here's what we're going to do (an outlined, public roadmap):
We're going to begin offering development bootcamps that will teach you full stack, this four week program will be available either in mornings, afternoons, or evenings - whichever time is preferable to you, and is fully remote; the cost is to be determined (we'd like to just break even, frankly) - after the bootcamp is completed, you will be offered a contract working with our company full time (this will be a paid position, length to be determined based on availability, however everyone is guaranteed a position) to get you off your feet, preparing you for your next employment - and we'll all give you a solid reference.
Now, let's talk timing:
By July 1st, we'd like to run our first four week full-time bootcamp, it'll be an evening bootcamp in EST, unlike other traditional bootcamps, we ask for payment after the bootcamp has been completed.
A variety of subjects, from a beginner to intermediate level, in no specific order:
- HTML/CSS (and tools therein related like SCSS, LESS, etc)
- PHP (tons of websites rely on PHP, so we'll give you an edge here!)
- Go (let's build a backend in Go!)
If it does, please give me a shout (firstname.lastname@example.org), and we'll put you on the list to join; in order to give devs a good oversight, everything we do will be transparent and posted on dev.to along with a dedicated website for the bootcamp (and subsequent employment).
How much would you pay? Here's what we're thinking in terms of fees:
$200 CDN per person if the class contains 31 or more individuals.
$300 CDN per person if the class contains 30 or less individuals.
$400 CDN per person if the class contains 29 or less individuals.
$500 CDN per person if the class contains 10 or less individuals.
We're flexible, we believe everyone deserves the opportunity, we can discuss discounts for those unable to afford the bootcamp.
I've always wanted to say that; aside that, after the employment and bootcamp completes, we'd like to retain you on as a bootcamp assistant, teaching future developers what you've learnt (oh, and we'll still pay you for your time)