It’s one thing to learn a coding language – it’s another to learn it fast and with precision.
As companies face increasing pressure to go digital, HR managers are turning to retraining programs to bridge the IT talent gap within their organization.
Given the hustles of the daily grind, however, spending six months or more on IT training can seem more like a burden than a fresh start.
“There are all these new tools that they need to pick up. They’re expected to learn and they can’t learn because their office is swamped with existing work,” said Michael Choi, founder and CEO of Coding Dojo, a coding boot camp in the US.
Learning how to code is similar to learning any other language. A person can grasp the new knowledge through self-study, taking a period of three to five years.
“You can learn on your own by reading books,” Choi said. “You’re still not going to be very experienced, but at least it will get you through the door.”
A coding boot camp, however, provides fast and intensive training: “It’s like being sent directly in the middle of another country to survive. People walk out a changed person. Just like when you’re thrown into a new country, amazing things can happen in three to four months,” he said.
Organizations losing in the global talent war point to the digital skills shortage as a cause of their disadvantage. But employers often miss the mark when it comes to addressing the talent gap and preparing workers for the future.
In a recent survey conducted by Researchscape, nine in 10 employees said upskilling workers is the responsibility of employers.
Workers who feel frustrated over their company’s digital skills retraining program often end up leaving the organization for good, a Capgemini study has revealed.
“A lot of times companies feel that investing in people – for them to pick up new skill sets – would take too long. They might be thinking, ‘Well, we cannot afford to send our people for a 14-week boot camp,’” said Choi.
“While we do take 14 weeks to get people trained on three new languages and to teach them front-end development, in that process, we’ve learned how to quickly impart the knowledge,” he said.
“When it comes to companies wanting to reskill their employees, we can do it in as short as two to three weeks depending on any new language or framework. And that could be a hybrid option, on site or online,” Choi said.
Coding Dojo aims to help employees upskill. The boot camp’s main mission isn’t simply to teach programming but to prepare workers for the future.