There are 30,000 developers missing in Sweden and by 2020 this number will be doubled. Sweden is a country that consistently produces innovative products and services in the tech industry that’s why it is important to fill this need for developers. This demand is what inspired Richard Andemark to create the School of Applied Technology also known as </salt>.
Swedish App Scene was able to interview Nicole Henning the COO of </salt>. She talked us through what the program is, the application process, the curriculum and what value their developers can bring to companies.
What is </salt>?
The program has been designed to simulate real dev teams to help students gain the knowledge and the skills needed to be successful and productive developers. </salt> is not a trainee program but it is meant to produce professionals that can be valuable to any company.
The program promises the best for their students, Marcus Hammarberg is the head of the curriculum and Agile methods for </salt>. Marcus is also the current agile coach for Spotify, apart from that he has also worked with companies such as Tradera, and Huawei. They also have Jakob Leczinsky as their head instructor in </salt>. Apart from </salt>, Jakob leads the internal training program in Cygni, one of Sweden’s top consulting companies.
How to join </salt>?
The first step is for applicants to submit their application through the </salt> website. The applicant would then receive a personality and logic test. The applicants will have a phone interview after they passed the tests. The final stage of the application is an onsite interview.
</salt> accepts 30 students per class and they plan to conduct a class 3 times throughout the year. They are looking for individuals who are passionate about tech, has the potential to learn about coding and agile methods and most importantly are communicative and that are team players.
In their recent recruitment, </salt> has received more than 1000 applications and from these applicants, they have chosen 30 students to be a part of their upcoming class that will start in 14th of January.
The next application period for </salt> will be around the last week of February. Interested applicants can follow </salt> on Facebook and Instagram to find their latest announcements.
Who can join </salt>?
Everyone can apply no matter what background they come from. The first class of </salt> was composed of students from 14 different nationalities and 45% of these students were women. They have had hobby developers, previous Tech recruiters, and even scientists.
</salt> wants to accept applicants based on their potential and not on their educational background or career. They are proud of the school’s ability to create a diverse class and to welcome them into the Swedish society.
What is life after </salt>?
</salt> assures their students’ employment once they complete the program. The school is currently in partnership with companies such as Telia, Mr. Green, Klarna, Ftrack, Red Mind and many more.
The school’s business models are that these companies can hire the students as consultants for one year and then the company can take over the student’s employment after that. </salt> doesn’t want to be known as a big consultancy company but instead, they would like to lead the EdTech industry in Sweden.
</salt> for companies
The program is not only great for students, but also for companies because they will be able to employ tech savvy and productive developers. </salt> opens its doors to partner with any company who might need developers.
They believe that as long as the company sees the value of the school and their developers and that the company is also capable of giving back to their developers. They hope to partner with companies that would continue to develop their students and be able to help them in building a career in their company.
Interested companies can reach out to Nicole or they can visit their website here.