Code Jobs: hacking bright minds out of unemployment

Code for All is tackling youth unemployment by recruiting brilliant minds, which couldn’t find a job in their respective areas of training, transforming them over 14 weeks and +650 hours of intense immersion, into Software Developers. We work with unemployed people from all types of academic and professional background, with no relevant experience in programming. Code for All commits to teach 740 adults (670 peple below 35 and 70 people over 35 years old), in differente Portuguese municipalities, between 2017 and 2019. The main sources of financing are a Social Impact Bond (FCG, IEFP, LIS, ASSOP), local governments and students.

This commitment is part of:

Digital Skills for Decent Jobs for Youth

Entity

Partners

  • Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

    Foundation or philanthropic organization

    Financial and/or in-kind contribution

  • Laboratório de Investimento Social

    Youth organization, civil society, non-governmental, non-profit organization

    Financial and/or in-kind contribution

  • Instituto de Emprego e Formação Profissional

    Government or intergovernmental entity

    Policy, advocacy and convening power

Sustainable Development Goals & targets

  • 4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
  • 8.2 Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors
  • 8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services
  • 8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

description

According do the European Commission, Europe alone could face a shortage of up to 900,000 skilled ICT workers by 2020. On one hand there is an extremely high youth unemployment rate, on the other hand there is an enormous employment opportunity in the Information Technology sector. This is both a big problem and a huge opportunity. From 2017 to 2019, in 4 different Portuguese municipalities (Lisboa, Fundão, Praia da Vitória in Azores and Gaia), Code for All will transform 740 unemployed people (670 peple below 35 years old and 70 people over 35 years old) into junior software developers, throughout 37 bootcamps. The budget considered includes the 740 unemployed people mentioned. The bootcamps will take place in the campus that already exist (Lisboa and Fundão) and in new campus that will be created (Praia da Vitória and Gaia). The bootcamps have a unique selection process, with several phases, which guarantees that the best and most motivated candidates are chosen. Students will also be supported during their job search, until they are placed in a company as software developers. These students will learn the basics of programming and computer science concepts that will let them create and explore their future. Besides the financial support from the Social Impact Bond (FCG, IEFP, LIS, ASSOP) and local governments, we have a new source of revenue: since May 2017, Lisbon Bootcamps’ students are paying for their studies with Code for All.

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Deliverables and links to SDG targets

  • 670 young people trained in relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, ICT skills and soft skills

    8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

    Technological education for 670 adults .

    BY: Dec 2019
  • 670 young people benefitted from employment services, including job search assistance, job fairs and career counselling

    4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship

    Supporting students in job placement in companies like startups, creative agencies or IT consulting firms as software developers. Students are also supported in creating their own businesses if they wish to become entrepreneurs

    BY: Dec 2019

Start

01-Jan-2017

End

31-Dec-2019

USD 4,220,000

Estimated total value of the commitment

670

young people to benefit directly from this commitment

Target: All ages 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-35

Primarily:
  • Low-income individuals

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