Programmed for Success: Top four elements of a successful Corporate Training program

From the beginning, our focus has been on helping people begin new careers and helping companies address the tech skills gap – two goals that go hand in hand. To date, more than 700 employers have hired graduates from our immersive programs. As we continue to work with these companies and develop relationships with their hiring managers, we’ve heard more and more about how difficult it is for them to train their current employees to keep up with changing business and tech needs.

We realized that our immersive model could help, so we’ve created specialized training programs to help companies remain competitive without having to spend tons of money, create an internal training department or hire multiple new employees. In short, by bringing us in as a training partner, employers can leverage our expertise as needed without soaking up a lot of internal resources. All training programs are custom-built and can include recruiting, onboarding, reskilling and upskilling.

Over the past year, we’ve worked with numerous organizations including Liberty Mutual, Capital One and Blackbaud to create training programs for the company’s current employees. Along the way, we’ve learned a lot about what employers are looking for in terms of tech training, and put together a list of the top four elements of an impactful corporate training program:

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A new kind of tech education program: corporate training

This week, the Wall Street Journal published an article, “A New Kind of Jobs Program for Middle America,” discussing how code schools are quickly teaching the software development skills employers across the U.S. desperately need.  

The article suggests that change is “coming for the ecosystem of employers, educational institutions and job-seekers who confront the increasingly software-driven nature of work,” and that “for code schools to have a meaningful impact on the overall labor market, they will have to continue their rapid pace of expansion.” While change is certainly coming for the American workforce – and indeed may already be here – it’s not just the number of code schools that will need to expand to make an impact on the market.

In most cases, in-person code boot camps immerse individual students who have little to no background in computer science in the programming language of their choice. The goal of these in-person immersive courses, like those offered at The Iron Yard, is to prepare graduates to join a company in entry-level software development positions. And that is a worthy goal; there is absolutely a need to provide training to individuals who want to change careers and join the booming tech industry.

But in order to equip enough people with coding skills to meet employer demand, individuals pursuing their own coding education are only half of the equation. For code schools to have the meaningful labor market impact the Wall Street Journal article describes, they also need to take training programs directly to employers and their current employees. Through a holistic approach that includes onboarding new developers, reskilling current employees to become developers and upskilling valuable senior-level talent with new technologies, companies across the U.S. have the opportunity to solve their own talent needs.   

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