We’re taking Softwire’s vast experience of training graduates to be outstanding software developers and applying it to a new generation of skilled, motivated individuals wishing to break into the world of tech.
Most businesses require staff that can understand the full lifecycle, and transition between different roles when needed. Managing a small project, setting up a CI pipeline, designing a new page, writing high quality code, system-testing a product – we’d expect our technical staff to be able to do any of these. It makes resourcing much easier if your staff are multi-dimensional. We believe in truly cross-functional teams, and that comes from a diverse skill set – built on a foundation of excellence in software engineering.
Soft skills can make a huge difference to how successful delivery team members are. We select candidates not merely on their potential as developers but what other expertise they bring to the table. And we consider it an essential part of training to bring out the best in people in all areas and to help them instill good habits. This is all achieved by better diversity of recruitment – something we take very seriously, and have strong supporting networks to help with.
As a developer, it’s far more important to understand the fundamental principles of software development than it is to know exactly how to do any one particular task. Everyone has access to resources such as Stack Overflow but those resources won’t usually help explain the big picture, or why one approach might be better than another. The most valuable employees are the ones who understand the objectives and requirements – even the ones that aren’t made explicit - and can use their own judgement and experience as they research the best way of implementing the detail.
I came in to this course with almost no prior knowledge of programming and through it secured a full-time developer role. Whilst the course is fast-paced and challenging, Techswitch does a great job of ensuring you feel truly valued and supported throughout by offering great teaching, frequent one-on-one chats and, if you need it, extra mentoring and tasks to make sure you nail those core concepts. The course has undoubtedly fast-tracked my career, and with the added safety net of expert tuition, top-end technology and even mock interviewing, I would highly recommend Techswitch to anyone looking to get in to software development.
The Techswitch course has been such a great experience for me personally. While coding was what drew me to software development, the Techswitch course develops you to be a good software engineer. Of course, there’s a lot of coding involved as well! But less common topics, that are brushed off in online tutorials, are given equal (and sometimes more) importance. Things like learning git, the importance of testing, and working in an agile way have definitely given me a true understanding of what it means to be a real software engineer. On top of that, the actual course itself is really fun which makes coming in everyday so motivating and gets you genuinely excited to start a career in software development.
The course starts with writing basic code and very quickly develops into larger and more challenging projects. Each week involves new techniques and technologies across a wide range of applications which provides the basis which you can build upon independently or with the help of the trainer. It not only teaches you how to program but shows you what a job might involve in the industry to prepare you for a job in the future.