Coders Lab is mobilizing a new generation of professionals to support the innovation economy Poland. Now it is activating youth leaving orphanages and their allies to achieve diversity in the tech industry.
The Polish IT sector is one of the most vital and robust industries of the national economy, ranking highest in new job creation. Since 2000, the Polish IT industry has been growing 3-4% annually, reaching a valuation of USD 8,09 billion by 2016. Despite this opportunity, the Polish IT labor market currently lacks 50,000 specialists, such as developers, UX/UI designers, and IT project managers.
Since 2013, Coders Lab has offered six-week bootcamps featuring courses for full-stack, Java, NET (C#), and Digital UX developers. It was the first to offer bootcamp-based learning in Poland and is now the leader of the market with the highest number of courses and graduates.
By 2017, Coders Lab had trained 1,500 students, 82% of whom found employment as developers.
The enterprise realized that the shortage of qualified developers and unemployment among youth leaving foster care and orphanages are two challenges they are positioned to solve, so it launched the Możesz ITy training program.
Through trainings, events, and early-career programs, Możesz ITy equips youth and their allies with the tools, connections, and support they need to achieve diversity in the tech industry.
Karolina Gadalska is the Manager of the Foundation and works closest with the students of the program. She supports them with accessing training from corporate partners, finding employment, and anything else that comes up as part of the students’ transition to a career such as relocations.
Through Company Days organized with support from NESsT, students become familiar with the corporate environment and what careers that are available to them upon completing programming courses at Coders Lab.
Coders Lab has hosted Company Days with NESsT supporters, like Credit Suisse in Wroclaw, where students received one-on-one mentoring from software developers that helped to resolve any technical inquiries and also to keep them motivated. During the event, Credit Suisse volunteers familiarized graduates from the programme about the IT industry, roles and responsibilities, and how to find their first job. During the workshop, participants prepared a CV and discussed how to search and secure jobs in IT. Grupa Pracuj professionals co-facilitated this training for students with Credit Suisse employees.
By teaching youth leaving foster care and orphanages to code, Możesz ITy ensures that youth have the economic and social capital needed to access a career that promotes modern computing and the development of new technology in Poland.