Mentors, Apprenticeships, and learning in the workplace
The education system in the UK is not producing people with the knowledge and skills needed to be a good developer. The best people to teach the next generation of developers are developers.
We have been running the apprenticeship scheme for a few years now, I'd like to share our journey and insights into what we, and the businesses and people involved have learned along the way. We have run the scheme in a very similar way to a software development project so I'd like to talk about how we were able to transfer skills and understanding from dev to a totally different area.
I'd also like to share some case studies, successes and failures from ourselves, people, and teams when integrating a young person with very little knowledge and skills into our working lives and also the additional kickbacks and business benefits that followed. In particular I would like to talk about the value of effective mentor/mentee and buddy relationships in a dev team and how these are applicable and beneficial outside of an apprenticeship.
I also have practical info about how and where you can recruit and train an apprentice - including an overview of the Government grants available from the SFA and additional case studies for people working in small and distributed teams.