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Your next tech staffer is increasingly likely to be a product of a ‘career accelerator’

If you’re scrabbling around looking for great staff but have found your usual recruitment methods a bit crap, you may well have to start looking beyond the normal places.

That could be something like General Assembly, a skills startup, or ‘career accelerator’ founded back in 2012, which is now adding 10 new spaces and a new country to its network of private learning spaces.

GA says it’s trained some 40,000 people, from Singapore to Sydney, on its short-course programmes across in-demand skills like data, web design and UX design.

The courses don’t come cheap for the learner, £8,000 for a full-time, 10-week “UX design immersive” in London, much the same as Makers Academy‘s 12-week coding courses.

On top of the core training, and much like other programmes out there, GA promises “job readiness training, connections to employers, and opportunities to hone new skills”.

It’s no guarantee of a job after spending thousands, but if the customer does get one, that ultimately gives the course provider a success stats boost too.

Something like Code First Girls, meanwhile, has started using paid-for professional coding classes to pay for free courses for even-less-well-represented women.

Its founder Amali de Alwis says that for every £1 it’s received in funding, it’s put £5 back into the economy.

Soon Code First Girls will be offering its first paid, company-sponsored (and designed) apprenticeships to women in the UK.

Lots and lots and lots has been said and done to boost digital skills in the UK.

But there often seems to be a gaping gap between policymakers, education providers, accreditation bodies and business.

That, along with the fact that billions is spent every year on training worldwide, has got to be why private, fast-paced providers have stepped in.

“We are seeing incredible demand among employers — outside of the traditional urban hotspots more commonly associated with the tech sector — as they struggle to fill jobs that require 21st century skills like web development, data science and UX design” said Jake Schwartz, co-founder and CEO of General Assembly, on the expansion news.

“This demand outstrips the capacity of conventional education, which is why we are scaling to an entirely new level, adding resources for people and companies in these additional cities around the world.”

Increasingly expensive UK universities, where you can sink years of your life and tens of thousands of pounds on content that might well be out of date, will be looking on this trend warily.

By the end of this year, GA will be opening 10 new hubs in the US, as well as entering the Canadian market through the buyout of Bitmaker.

Source: The Next Web