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coding bootcamps - report 1

Coding bootcamps: building future-proof skills through rapid skills training

This report studies coding bootcamps. A new kind of rapid skills training program for the digital age. Coding bootcamps are typically short-term (three to six months), intensive and applied training courses provided by a third party that crowdsources the demand for low-skills tech talent. Coding bootcamps aim at low-entry level tech employability (for example, junior developer), providing a new tool for entry into the new world of digital jobs. This report studies the characteristics, methodologies, business models and impact of five coding bootcamps operating directly or through partners in developing countries. High employability and employment rates in low-entry tech positions (for example, junior developer, freelancer, and so on) reported by coding bootcamps suggest an untapped potential of this form of rapid tech skills training.

World Bank team: Victor Mulas; Cecilia Paradi-Guilford; Elene Allende Letona; Zhenia Viatchaninova Dalphond.

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Coding bootcamps: guide for practitioners

Funded under the Jobs Umbrella Multi-Donor Trust Fund, the World Bank launched an initiative to assess the key success factors for rapid technology skills training programs (in particular, coding bootcamps) and measure their impact on young people in terms of employment and employability. This toolkit aims to help policy makers and private sector actors to effectively catalyze and leverage coding bootcamps for more and better employment and continuous learning in emerging markets. It draws on the practical experiences of selected bootcamp providers, engaged through the Decoding Bootcamps initiative, based in Colombia, Kenya, and Lebanon. It outlines the resources needed, in terms of human capacity, financial, organizational, and communication resources, to plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate a coding bootcamp in an emerging market, as well as ensure its sustainability and ownership within a local technology innovation ecosystem.

World Bank team: Victor Mulas; Cecilia Paradi-Guilford; Elene Allende Letona; Yegana Baghirova; Paola Vargas Gonzalez; Zhenia Viatchaninova Dalphond.


Coding Bootcamps for Youth Employment: Evidence from Colombia, Lebanon, and Kenya

Coding bootcamps are intensive short-term programs designed to train participants in programming skills to make them immediately employable. They combine characteristics of traditional vocational training programs with the intensity of military bootcamps for new recruits, intermingling socio emotional and tech skills learning in an intense and experiential manner, in what could be referred to as skills accelerators. The authors refer to coding bootcamps in this report as the ready-to-work model. The initiative aims to collect and share examples and lessons of bootcamps in emerging markets, and measure the impact of bootcamp training on youth employment in selected countries. The program seeks to establish a framework of best practice for future projects in technology upskilling in the developing world. This report highlights the results of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) carried out in Medellín (Colombia), complemented with qualitative studies in Beirut (Lebanon) and Nairobi (Kenya).

World Bank team: Victor Mulas; Cecilia Paradi-Guilford; Pedro Cerdan-Infantes; Elene Allende Letona; Domoina Rambeloarison; Erick Ramos Murillo; Luis Felipe Martínez Gómez; Francisco Zavala; Kathy Qian; Paola Vargas Gonzalez.

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Women wavemakers: practical strategies for recruiting and retaining women in coding bootcamps

Coding bootcamps have recently emerged as a promising approach to equipping individuals with the skills needed to thrive in digital economies. But despite the potential of these training programs to prepare graduates to compete in a changing global labor market, women often participate at significantly lower rates. When women do enroll, they tend to have higher dropout rates than men. The insights in this report draw on interviews with 25 coding bootcamps and 7 digital skills programs in 22 countries. The goal is to share insights and strategies from practitioners around the world on ways to recruit and retain women in coding bootcamps. The report also discusses approaches to making labor market linkages with the larger objective of tackling the underrepresentation of women in technology.

World Bank team: Alicia Hammond; Victor Mulas; Loren Nadres.