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3 Campuses

Melbourne

2 Courses
Level 8, 120 Spencer Street, , VIC 3000

At Coder Factory Academy, we’re using our innovative framework as Australia’s only US-style accredited coding bootcamp to build a community of empowered individuals with global employment opportunities. Through our full-time immersive developer programme, we equip our students with the in-demand skills they need to pursue their dream careers in tech. Established in 2013 as a place where anyone can learn the basics of coding and web programming, Coder Factory Academy is an educational institution granting people with technological aspirations the knowledge and skillsets they need to bring even the most far-fetched visions to life. Australia, meet your accelerated pathway into tech! Coding bootcamps keep up with the industry's increasing and evolving demand for web developers. Through hands-on, project-based coursework, our immersive, industry relevant education provides a time and cost efficient path to become an employable Junior Developer in only 6 months. *Guaranteed internship included!

Application Deadline:July 17, 2017

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Women in Tech Scholarship available to one female applicant per intake covering 80% of tuition fees
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HTML, Git, Rails, Ruby, CSSIn PersonPart Time6 Hours/week15 Seats

Coder Factory's part-time web app developer course allows you to develop the skills needed to build web applications while keeping your day job. Our 12 week evening or weekend course teaches you full-stack web application development using the latest in-demand technologies.

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Sydney

2 Courses
Level 2 7 Kelly Street, Ultimo, NSW 2007
Front End, HTML, Git, Rails, Ruby, User Experience Design, CSSIn PersonPart Time6 Hours/week15 Seats

Coder Factory's part-time web app developer course allows you to develop the skills needed to build web applications while keeping your day job. Our 12 week evening or weekend course teaches you full-stack web application development using the latest in-demand technologies.

Course Details

Financing
zipMoney

At Coder Factory Academy, we’re using our innovative framework as Australia’s only US-style accredited coding bootcamp to build a community of empowered individuals with global employment opportunities. Through our full-time immersive developer program, we equip our students with the in-demand skills they need to pursue their dream careers in tech. Established in 2013 as a place where anyone can learn the basics of coding and web programming, Coder Factory Academy is an educational institution granting people with technological aspirations the knowledge and skillsets they need to bring even the most far-fetched visions to life. Australia, meet your accelerated pathway into tech! Coding bootcamps keep up with the industry's increasing and evolving demand for web developers. Through hands-on, project-based coursework, our immersive, industry relevant education provides a time and cost efficient path to become an employable Junior Developer in only 6 months. *Guaranteed internship included!

Application Deadline:July 17, 2017

Course Details

Financing
Payment Plan
Instalment Plan
Scholarship
80% Women in Tech scholarship available to one female applicant per intake
Interview
Yes

Brisbane

1 Course
120 Brunswick Street, ,
MySQL, AngularJS, Front End, JavaScript, MongoDB, HTML, Git, Rails, jQuery, Design, Ruby, CSS, Express.js, React.js, Node.jsIn PersonFull Time40 Hours/week30 Seats

At Coder Factory Academy, we’re using our innovative framework as Australia’s only US-style accredited coding bootcamp to build a community of empowered individuals with global employment opportunities. Through our full-time immersive developer programme, we equip our students with the in-demand skills they need to pursue their dream careers in tech. Established in 2013 as a place where anyone can learn the basics of coding and web programming, Coder Factory Academy is an educational institution granting people with technological aspirations the knowledge and skillsets they need to bring even the most far-fetched visions to life. Australia, meet your accelerated pathway into tech! Coding bootcamps keep up with the industry's increasing and evolving demand for web developers. Through hands-on, project-based coursework, our immersive, industry relevant education provides a time and cost efficient path to become an employable Junior Developer in only 6 months. *Guaranteed internship included!

Application Deadline:July 17, 2017

Course Details

Financing
Payment Plan
Instalment Plan or Full Fees Upfront
Scholarship
Women in Tech Scholarship available to one female applicant per intake covering 80% of tuition fees
Interview
Yes

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Our latest on Coder Factory Academy

  • How to Get Work Experience Before You Graduate from Coding Bootcamp

    Imogen Crispe3/22/2017

    How do you get a job after coding bootcamp if you have no relevant, real-world work experience? Only 1.4% of bootcampers have worked as developers in the past, but most career-changers have little – if any– client experience when they start looking for a developer job. Some bootcamps help students overcome this hurdle by offering opportunities to work for the bootcamp itself, or with real clients through projects, internships, and apprenticeships. These opportunities can give students substantial experience to add to their portfolios and resumes, and kickstart the job hunt.

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  • 8 Traits found in the Ideal Coding Bootcamp Student

    Liz Eggleston2/27/2015

    What makes for the ideal coding bootcamp student? Experience? Perserverence? Natural Skill? We've compiled advice from instructors and founders at top programming bootcamps like gSchool, Dev Bootcamp, Wyncode, and Fullstack Academy- aka the folks making admissions decisions every day. Read on for the 8 qualities that bootcamps tell us they look for in potential applicants.

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  • Founder Spotlight: Dan Siepen, Coder Factory

    Liz Eggleston1/14/2015

    Originally offering part-time courses and weekend workshops in web development, Coder Factory is now expanding to teach a six-month, fulltime program in Sydney, Australia this April. We caught up with co-founder Dan Siepen to learn about the expansion. In our interview with Dan, we talk about his opinions on coding schools as an alternative to undergraduate degrees, Coder Factory's relationship with hiring partners like Lonely Planet and DropBox, and their goals for the new six-month Ruby on Rails course. 

     

    Tell us about your background and your experience at Coder Factory.

    I’m a 22 year old entrepreneur and I’ve always had a dream to run a tech company. I actually came to Coder Factory as a student, and I interned to do some marketing and business development for Pete, the founder. We’ve come a long way since and had an amazing first year.

    I think people have this negative connotation towards coding - that it’s hard and it comes across as geeky and nerdy – but I totally don’t believe that at all. If you want to become a successful entrepreneur in the future, you must learn some programming.

    So basically my goal was to become a software engineer for two to four years. I know Ruby on Rails fairly well. It really is the 21st century language and development jobs are high in demand.  

     

    Do you think a bootcamp like Coder Factory could replace traditional education at college or university?

    I believe so. It’s a yes and no. Obviously you should go to university if you want to be a doctor, but when it comes to a CS or business degree, I think they’re definitely outdated. They provide an old school curriculum which is not what our hiring companies want. Coder Factory is working with companies like SitePoint, Lonely Planet, DropBox, Flippa etc. to develop a curriculum with skills that they really want in their developers.

    There is more to the program than just simply teaching them web development. We pride ourselves in practicing web development through agile methodology and working on real-life projects provided by all our partners.

    Coder Factory’s value add is that we’re saving our hiring partners a lot of money and time because our grads can easily transition into the company and they can get up to speed and work on projects from the day they get hired.

    In Australia, there’s also amazing companies here looking for top tech talent. The ICT dropout rate is actually 70-80% and that’s massive - and it’s time that rate dramatically reduces. We want to create a culture that is fun, exciting and brings true innovation in an exciting space working on futuristic projects that will change the world.

     

    What is your role at Coder Factory?

    I’m the Co-Founder at Coder Factory. I also help in marketing and business development with student projects.

     

    How many students have you graduated?

    180, but that includes all of our courses. We’ve been doing weekend learn-to-code workshops around the country which has been fantastic - all in the space of 12 months. These workshops introduce students to coding and being entrepreneurial and learning how to talk to their tech team better. We’re also doing the 12-week part-time course and we’ve actually graduated five people into jobs just from part-time, which is quite amazing. People are going into accelerators, incubators and a couple have raised some funding just purely because they understand a little bit of tech.

    Now we’re getting into the full-time coding bootcamp scene because of the demand for full-time developers. We get asked everyday whether we know any developers and it was time to solve this problem with a course unlike any other coding bootcamp.

    We want to become the Stanford of coding schools. We’ll be testing our graduates constantly, even before the course starts, to understand their level of systems thinking, their goals and to see how they match with the companies’ expectations as well. We all want to produce the best quality students.

    Even the way we run our company is through agile methodology practices.

     

    Why have you decided on a 6 month course?

    From talking with companies who are looking for developers, we understand that the students coming out of three month courses don’t necessarily have enough of the skills or experience required to easily fit into their existing teams. The new developers need too much hand holding.

    By giving our students an extra 3 months of working on real projects, using Agile methodology and striving for code quality, it gives them those extra team skills and knowledge that makes them more employable.

    The exciting thing about this program is that all these companies all want to bring their own mentors in, which is fantastic. Every facet of the program including UX Mentors, Agile Methodology, Ruby on Rails, Node and Angular; so it’s very, very exciting. We’ve actually had a few people from the U.S. wanting to come down here as well so we’re excited about that.

     

    Are you primarily teaching Ruby on Rails?

    It’s mainly Ruby on Rails but AngularJS and NodeJS are also very high in demand which we will be teaching.

     

    Who are the instructors?

    The head teacher is Dan Draper. He’s been a coder for over 10 years; he’s run his own consultancy for a long time now. He has put together our amazing curriculum and he knows first hand what qualities we need to teach our students. We also have a specialist JavaScript/Front end teacher and a full time support teacher.

    A developer is not just constantly coding behind the computer all day. They have got to deal with clients and they could be working on multi-million dollar projects. That’s where our program is unlike any other with business client workshops and dealing with everyday customers in the second 3 months of the program

     

    When is the first 6-month, full-time immersive?

    The first cohort will start on April, 7th.

     

    What types of students are you looking for? Can people be beginners or are you looking for people with a bit more experience?

    We look for anyone. It’s actually quite amazing; we’ve had over 150 applications already, which is fantastic and makes our job a lot easier. Applicants can be beginners, career changers, entrepreneurs who just want to learn or high school leavers. We will take anyone. However, we want to provide a high standard of quality. If we see someone who is so passionate yet they’re not really up to the standard that is expected of them, we will accept them still.

     

    So how large will the first cohort be?

    The first cohort will be teaching only 15 maximum.

     

    In the U.S there’s an underlying issue of a lack of diversity in technology. Is that an issue in Australia and how are you addressing it?

    It is a massive issue. In fact, Coder Factory is offering a full scholarship for women and inviting other companies to do the same. We want more women and in fact, our goal is to have 50% women in the first intake. These companies that we’re working with all have a diversity problem and they all want more women in tech so it’s a perfect time to work with them.

     

    What does the relationship look like between Coder Factory and your hiring partners? Are they paying to be a part of your network or are they paying a referral fee?

    They’re not paying anything at all. We ask our hiring partners to work with our students by providing mentorship and also, to help develop our curriculum. We want to teach a curriculum that is up to their standard because that’s what matters the most. How can you presume companies want someone and expect them to get hired if they don’t have the right skills? It’s a waste of everyone’s time.

     

    Is there a job guarantee?

    Whilst we don't have a 100% guarantee that you will get a job, if you don't get a job of at least $60k+ after the course, then there is something seriously wrong!

     

    What do those assessments look like?

    They’re constantly getting tested throughout the program. At the end of each two-week sprints you have to present a project. We’ll evaluate them after 12 weeks, and then 6 months. Even after they get hired we’re constantly testing as well to see where they are. We work with our hiring partners on that as well.

    We’re continuously working with the companies to see where the graduates are at, whether they’re good enough at what they’re doing and what needs to be improved. Then we’ll obviously incorporate those skills into the future programs.

     

    Is there anything else you wanted to add about Coder Factory or bootcamps in general?

    We do want to have a strong emphasis on getting more diversity in the workplace.  I think the big thing you can say about Coder Factory or coding bootcamps in general is that we’re working hard to increase diversity in tech. I believe that diversity brings innovation. If you do want to become a top developer and also have a massive influence on the world, I think coding provides the tools to do that. I think it’s such an important skill to have to create amazing things to help solve real-world problems.

     

    Want to learn more about Coder Factory? Check out their School Page on Course Report or the Coder Factory website here!

  • Interview with Pete Argent of The Coder Factory

    Liz Eggleston1/21/2014

    The Coder Factory mission is to empower the citizens of the world to embrace their technological future.  

    We talked with Sydney-based founder Pete Argent about his background, the coding bootcamp market in Australia, and what makes a successful Coder Factory graduate.  

     

    What’s the backstory behind your school.  Weren’t you involved with a different bootcamp before? 

    That’s right.  I started with Sydney Devcamp earlier in the year.  That was the bootcamp style, 10 weeks intensive.  I jumped at the opportunity to teach Rails and it was a great experience for me, but we never got enough students to start a second intake.  So I figured I’d go back to freelance coding, but then I thought about how much I loved it, and we actually got a lot of inquiries about people wanting to learn part time.  So, I thought I’d offer a part time course- I offer two evenings/week or a saturday class for 10 weeks to start with.  Now, this year, I’m offering a range of courses- so a three week beginner course (I know that in those three weeks students will get hooked and want to do more). And then an 8 week Rails coder course.  An then an option to do an Angular coder course to add more skills and new tech to their skill base. 

     

    Is there an intensive full time option? 

    I’m offering a six week full time option for a summer coder camp, and I received a lot of enquiries at the end of last year, but so far this year it hasn’t really taken off.  I find most of my students aren’t looking for a career as a coder, but more so have an entrepreneurial interest.  They have an app idea and they’ve tried and failed to get someone to do it, so they figure they’ll take the plunge and learn for themselves. 

     

    That’s definitely a different value prop than a lot of bootcamps in the US.  You aren’t marketing that students can graduate from your school and get a job. 

    That’s right.  Also, in Australia, I suppose there’s still a bit of snobbery in hiring people who have just done a coding school.  I don’t think there is the same desperation for developers as there is in the US.  So they can still afford to only take seriously people who have been to University or have been coding since they were ten years old. 

     

    How would you compare your school to GA in Australia? 

    For one, we’re probably less than half the price.  This may be because they have a global brand, but especially considering the low costs I have to run my school, I don’t see why they should be charging that much.  But also, I suppose my school is more targeted towards people who want their own startup.  We also have a very fun, family feeling at our school instead of feeling corporate.  I love teaching so much- I love that look in a student’s eyes when they’ve come in not knowing anything about coding, and then a few weeks later, they all of a sudden understand the possibilities in front of them.  That’s such a thrill- I’ve definitely fallen in love with it and want to continue as long as I can.

     

    Could you describe your teaching style and how you construct your courses? 

    We want to make sure that at the end of every week and lesson, they have something tangible that they can show off and feel like they achieved something.  Since I did learn Rails on my own, I suppose I have a good way to teach people coming to computer science for the first time.  We start off with some web design, because it’s a good way for them to see the output.  Then we do some programming fundamentals with Ruby.  And then we move on to the magic of Ruby on Rails, and that’s when they really start to fall in love with it as well and we like to build things that they can relate to as well.  So over the period of weeks, we built a social network site that has all of the features that Facebook has, so they can see that they could have been Mark Zuckerberg if they wanted to be.  You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to build something great like that. 

     

    Why have you focused on Ruby on Rails from a technology perspective? 

    Well it’s definitely my expertise.  But its also a great language for beginners- it stands out especially with the community that’s behind it.  The amount of documentation, stack overflow answers, and open source gems that they can use to add functionality to their application without needing to fully understand everything that’s going on behind the scenes.  I know computer scientists look down on that, thinking that you should know everything behind the scenes- but I don’t think it’s necessarily the case, especially for people who just want to get an MVP built.  It also makes people understand what open source is all about as well and makes them want to give back. 

     

    Are most startups in Australia using Ruby on Rails? 

    Yes the vast majority of new startups are on Rails. 

     

    Is there an ideal candidate in terms of background or study?  Who are your most successful students? 

    My most successful students are ambitious, they have big dreams, and they’ve already taken some steps towards those dreams before coming to Coder Factory.  Some of my students have already done Founder Institute, so they’re already submersed in that world and excited by it, so they want to come build their own thing.  And some of them have gone on to apply to incubators after graduating.  

     

    Are you the primary teacher? 

    Yes, but recently my good friend and colleague, Andrew, has come on.  I haven’t come from a formal teaching background, but he’s just finished a Masters in Technology Education.  In the process of building curriculums and programs, he’s now excited to teach as well.  It will be great to have him come on this year, help me teach, and even take on his own classes. 

     

    Of the various levels and classes that you offer, where are you seeing the most demand? 

    The beginner class has filled up, and I have a good feeling that those students will go on to do more classes.  It’s only the summer, so it hasn’t picked up quite yet. 

     

    What’s your typical class size? 

    I want to keep a maximum of 10.  

     

    What’s the best way to reach out to you? 

    We do info sessions so people can meet the team and find out more.  I’m happy to meet for a coffee and find out what my students’ goals are. We’re also starting a Sunday Coder Club, at a pub, so we can sit around with a beer, helping each other on our personal projects.  I’m also always getting a bunch of interest from parents wanting their kids to go through the program.  

     

    Click here for current class offerings from The Coder Factory in Sydney and Melbourne!

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