From studying the past to a career of the future: Benedict’s story

What do archeology and software development have in common? Perhaps not a lot, but that didn’t stop archaeologist Benedict from making the leap from a career studying the past to a career of the future. With an inconsistent job market for archeologists, he found himself looking to make a change. He decided to pursue computer programming, a career with more than enough job openings in the UK. Doubling up to take The Iron Yard’s full-time Front-End Engineering course and the part-time Back-End Engineering course, Benedict completed the 12-week program and was offered a job with Vocal Planet a few days before graduation.

We recently sat down for a chat with Benedict to learn more about his journey to becoming a programmer.  Read More

Helping kids learn programming for Hour of Code

One of the most rewarding parts of what we do at The Iron Yard is hosting kids coding classes. Our instructors volunteer their time on a regular basis to make sure kids in every community where we operate have a chance to be exposed to what it’s like to code. Plus, our kids coding classes usually feature fun topics like how to build games or recreate popular characters characters.

Teaching kids is something we’ve done since we launched, and it’s remained a big part of our DNA. Our CEO Peter Barth put it this way:

We believe in investing in the local tech economy for the long run, and that means impacting the next generation. Hosting these events is a great way to help kids take their first step down a path that could unlock a passion for technology.

We’re so passionate about exposing kids to technology and coding that we are hosting free kids coding events at every one of our locations during the week of Dec. 7-13 for the global “Hour of Code” effort created by Code.org. The goal of the effort is to introduce students to computer science – even one hour of learning to code might be the start of something great! Last year, every Apple Store in the world hosted an Hour of Code and even President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign. Pretty cool. Read More

Meet Matthew: An Iron Grad in London

Our London campus opened its doors nearly five months ago, and since then we’ve been busy meeting potential partners and students, talking with employers about their need for programmers in the UK, and hosting a few part-time courses. Our local London staff has done and incredible job of making The Iron Yard part of an already-active and supportive tech industry. We couldn’t be more excited that our full-time courses are underway. Read More

London mayoral candidate visits The Iron Yard

We love hosting guests who visit our campuses. Whether it’s a graduate returning to encourage current students, a local tech leader giving a guest lecture, a potential employer checking out our processes, or elected officials who want to know more about what we’re doing and how we work. We love bringing people together and learning from each other.  Read More

The Iron Yard goes global: London!

London
This is a picture from our team on the ground in London.

We have some exciting news: we’re launching our first international campus in London this summer! Classes will begin in July.

How did we get here? Through lots of conversations, lots of research, lots of time on the ground and an incredible amount of support from tech companies and students in London who have been eager to see an educational program like ours launch in the UK. Peter, our CEO, said it best:

The Iron Yard has been developing deep relationships in London for some time now, leading to this exciting milestone. The tech boom in London is well-established and the already significant need for qualified software engineers is growing rapidly. We are excited to help bridge that gap.

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