The addition of Java and Spring have Coding Dojo claiming it is “the only coding school in the world that teaches all major web stacks.” The two join C#, Java, MEAN, PHP, Python and Ruby, as well as Android and iOS programs.
While plenty of bootcamps try to get companies on their platform with the concept of teaching existing employees new tricks, Coding Dojo is accelerating its efforts. Rather than drag instruction out over several weeks or months, its programs last only one week. The accelerator will teach developers an entirely new ‘stack’ in five days.
The company says: “Employers that incorporate such training into a comprehensive benefits package can offer current employees and prospective job candidates a more enticing environment, as well as expand the capabilities of existing teams.” It plans to offer the accelerated program at each of its locations, starting this summer.
It’s an interesting move for Coding Dojo, which has so far hung its hat on the fact it has a 94 percent alumni hiring rate. Though getting a job after completing a bootcamp or MOOC program is always a concern, Coding Dojo doesn’t seem to have any issues.
Aiming curriculum at those already employed is interesting, and may help keep employees at their company. Though nearly half of respondents to Dice’s 2017 Salary Survey said they would be looking for work this year, only three percent said their employers offered continuing education as a perk. Another 12 percent noted their employers offered a challenging work environment.
Learning new skills often correlates with exciting new challenges at work. Instead of asking developers to poke through the messy world of Stack Overflow and other repos in hopes of developing a new skill-set (or two), a week at Coding Dojo may be a better investment long-term: Employees tend to stick around at a company interested in their development.