Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean now have the first Coding School, The Source Code Developer Academy.
Ten Habitat has partnered with a leading coding academy, Code Fellows out of the United States of America. The demand for people with IT skills is rapidly growing every year and studies show that the gap between demand and supply of skilled IT people in the market is getting wider.
This opens up a significant opportunity for Barbadians to now have a direct avenue to the lucrative international technology industry as international companies such as Google and Facebook have hired successful graduates from the Code Fellows programme.
“These opportunities could now be available to locals through outsourcing agreements and relationships and service. This is an excellent resource for retrenched or temporarily displaced employees to upgrade and re-train for the lucrative technology and innovation market,” a statement from Ten Habitat stated.
The initiative was launched at Ten Habitat’s headquarters at 1st Floor Carlisle House, Hincks Street.
In delivering remarks at the launch, Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations Colin Jordan said Government was committed to the development of a number of sectors, and intends to do all that is possible to help them grow.
“So that whether times are good or not so good, there is a sector that is able to do what its mandate is, whether it is in the area of developing entrepreneurs, addressing health issues… whatever those scenarios may be, our intention is to help foster the development of that ecosystem.
“We met with Ten Habitat a few weeks ago, and I have been very impressed with the work [they are] doing. I have to confess that I think it is often the case that you live in a small country and you are not aware of the things that are taking place in the country,” Jordan said.
Meanwhile, Ten Habitat’s Founder Selwyn Cambridge said that while there has been a lot of talk across the region about technology transformation, if any stride is to be made into that era, there must be an investment in developing technological skills in the youth.
Cambridge said the Coding Academy is one step to closing the loop as it relates to creating a vibrant and responsive startup ecosystem that allows the region’s youth to have an idea and have the support and resources to help them create their ventures.
“The idea [is] from time to time, to stage code developing camps for youth to attend and be exposed through introductory offerings to the power of code.
“One of the things that I want to really drive home here is that there is not a sector existing right now on the planet that is not being affected by technology. If we want to compete, we have got to be producing high quality, high valued technologists. This Coding Academy is a part of that initiative,” Cambridge said.
Based on almost constant digital transformation, The Source Code Developer Academy will deliver an up-to-date curriculum and demand driven software training, while also providing a launch pad for careers in technology and act as a direct talent source for startups. Ten Habitat’s existing global network will provide graduates with access to lucrative outsourcing job opportunities and internships with leading global software entities.
The Source Code Developer Academy, operating at Ten Habitat’s Bridgetown location, began its student intake on November 2.
Interested persons and students can register online through the company’s website. (AH)