Coding boot camp graduates are mostly unemployed

Funded by short-time work in the Coding Bootcamp


In this article, you'll learn how you and your employees:

  • Benefit from the public funds of the Employment Agency and learn to program during short-time work or unemployment.
  • To get the most out of this difficult time and to prepare for the world of work of the future
  • To continue the boot camp even after the short-time work
  • to grow into a great tech community with more than 7000 graduates from 40 cities!

Phoenix or ashes?

For Germany, too, COVID-19 is certainly by far the greatest social challenge since reunification. We feel the necessary cuts in our everyday life every day. And yet there are numerous reasons to be optimistic. Like every crisis, the Corona crisis offers us the opportunity for another, ideally a better future for us.

When, if not now, will we have the chance to fundamentally question our status quo, to take a run-up and to strike a new path? Be it in the areas of economy and the environment or on a private or professional level: When, if not now, do we have the chance at the end of the crisis to draw a positive balance sheet for us and look back with satisfaction?

In this article I would like to show you how such a change in the field of education and your professional future ~~, ~~ or that of your employees, can look like. At the same time, I would like to show you a way how you can use state funding for this path.

Learning instead of waiting

At the beginning of April, in the midst of the uncertainty caused by the crisis, around 90 schoolchildren dared a fresh start and decided to learn programming with the help of Le Wagon. How does that work in current times? Completely remote, of course. Our future graduates will soon belong to a part of the job market that can survive such times of crisis robustly and flexibly: regardless of location and in demand across the industry.

We honestly have to admit that the transition was difficult for us too. Zoo calls, remote teacher support, virtual class tables, and online community events. How could it ever be like our campus? The answer: never, but the "different" can also be fantastic.

A mutually helping and laughing dynamic has developed, which only makes you want to greet this great crowd of people personally.

To find out more about our bootcamps and government funding opportunities, or to apply, you can fill out this form.

Short-time work benefits: The hope for the tried and tested savior

The last comparable collective downturn in the global economy occurred around 12 years ago. The bursting of the most perverse speculative bubble in history, the crash of the real estate market and the subsequent financial crisis left behind a global army of unemployed and homeless people, dramatic suicide rates (especially in already fragile economic systems) and countless closed businesses in 2007.

Germany also suffered the greatest economic slump since World War II. Nevertheless, the measures taken by the local government at that time are now considered to be one of the key factors behind the mild outcome for the country and its economy.

One of these measures was the short-time work allowance. The employer can reduce the number of working hours for his employees during the crisis and thus lower his wage costs. Shorter working hours = short-time work.

The loss of wages that has now arisen for the employees, i.e. the difference between the actual and actual net earnings during short-time work, is now 60% (67% if a child lives in the household) paid by the state directly to the employee. Wage during shorter working hours = short-time work allowance.

In practice, during the financial crisis and the years that followed, this meant, among other things, fewer bankruptcies and fewer layoffs, which in turn meant little impact on unemployment figures during the crisis years.

This instrument is now being taken out of the bag of tricks and strengthened during the Corona crisis in order to once again keep the German economy and society out of a larger (financial) mess.

The C stands for coding

At this point I would like to resolve the great mystery of this article:

What does all of this have to do with me and a coding boot camp?

The Coding Bootcamps from Le Wagon Germany are AZAV-certified and therefore eligible for government funding. This is made possible through the education voucher from the Federal Employment Agency. And it is basically available to every citizen, because not only people without a job can be supported with the education voucher, but also those who are in employment.

The second group also includes employees who are affected by short-time working. Because here are two urgent questions for employees and entrepreneurs:

  • As an employee, how can I make better use of the reduced working hours or the gained non-working hours than to actively arm myself for the working world of the future - whatever it may be in detail? Continuing education based on lifelong learning.
  • On the other hand, the last employers have (should?) Also have recognized the signs of the times, especially in the last few weeks, and must now proactively address the subject of "digitization" of the entire company structure. Running a company without employees with knowledge of programming is hardly possible these days. How practical when the employees can learn the necessary knowledge, in times of short-time work, subsidized by the state and can get back on board with all the new knowledge as soon as we get closer to economic "normality".

To find out more about our bootcamps and government funding opportunities, or to apply, you can fill out this form.

A game without a loser

For employees, this is an excellent opportunity to make a quantum leap in their digital skills and to work more effectively and independently in the future.

A few examples of how different employee groups can benefit:

  • Marketing employees can create and edit their own pages and do individual developments via CRM's

  • Business developers can automate their lead generation tasks and their contacting and better understand the needs of their customers.

  • Designers can program their own designs and work more directly with the developers.

  • Product managers can communicate more effectively with their developers.

  • Consultants or project managers can quickly turn their ideas into prototypes using the latest design tools and create MVPs in days instead of months.

  • Data analysts can work more efficiently with Python and are prepared for the complex topics of machine learning and deep learning.

If you run a company yourself, read this article and are annoyed that none of your employees have approached you on their own initiative:
You can also contact the Employment Agency and apply for funding for your employee (s).

We have already accompanied more than 150 students on their way to an education voucher and can advise you in detail at any point. Regardless of whether you are an entrepreneur or an employee.

And this is how you can apply!

Berlin Campus: You can apply here
Munich Campus: You can apply here

After you have applied, we will invite you for an interview!

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