Corporate Training helps Charleston company move to automation

The company name lives up to the incredibly hot industry.

BoomTown, an online real estate marketing platform, is a tool agents use to manage leads and marketing for buying and selling homes. BoomTown started as a small start-up but has grown to around 250 employees. Business is, excuse the pun, booming.

Brian Baumgartner leads the quality assurance team at BoomTown. The team is responsible for testing all new features in the BoomTown platform, guaranteeing the product is the best it can be before going into market. In the early days of being a nimble start-up, all quality testing was manual with the QA team scrambling to get the products in market quickly. The company grew from the scrappiness of start-up culture to a more mature company and began to look at ways to streamline their processes.

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Corporate Training spotlight: Instructor Curtis Schlak

Recently we brought you the story of how we are helping business like Blackbaud and Spoonflower teach their employees coding skills needed in the workplace through our Corporate Training program.

Technology advancements are providing solutions for companies of all sizes. Employers want to be sure their current workforce is trained to leverage these tools to grow their business.

Today we talk with one of our Corporate Training instructors, Curtis Schlak, about his experience working with companies, the benefit of equipping employees and retro games of tic-tac-toe.

Tell us about your professional background.

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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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Will the Bubble Burst? IT Training Companies Differentiate Themselves in a Competitive Market →

The coding bootcamp market has exploded in recent years, leading some industry leaders to wonder if we will soon see the “coding school bubble…burst.” How are IT training companies differentiating themselves to buyers and learners? Galvanize and The Iron Yard provide some insights.

Read the full article, including an interview with The Iron Yard’s Director of Corporate Training Mike Rudinsky, in Training Industry.

Your company is looking for tech talent. You can help.

If you think about it, nearly every company in the world today is a tech company. Media conglomerates, educational institutions and global retailers all rely on technology to do business every day. Think about your own job – how many times a day do you rely on technology to get things done at work?

These companies are also facing increasingly complex business problems – many of which could be solved using technology. But equipping employees with the right tech skills to solve those problems can be a huge challenge.  Read More