The emerging market of technology bootcamps will gain a heavyweight entrant in New York City through the partnership of Kaplan Test Prep, the global leader in test prep, and thoughtbot, one of the world’s leading development firms in Ruby on Rails, an opensource web framework using Ruby programming language. Under the brand of Metis, Kaplan and thoughtbot are launching a 12-week intensive training bootcamp in New York City for individuals interested in becoming entry-level Ruby on Rails web developers. Using curriculum informed by Kaplan’s proprietary learning science and assessment insights and taught by thoughtbot experts, the Metis bootcamp will start on June 16, 2014 and culminate in a Hiring Day in September, which will connect Metis graduates with potential employers.
The Metis bootcamp launch comes on the heels of a new report (" The New York City Tech Ecosystem,” April 2, 2014.) showing that 7% of New York City’s workforce are employed in what the report dubs the “tech ecosystem,” which includes all jobs in technology industries, as well as technology jobs in non-tech industries, and the self-employed. Combined with indirect jobs created through multiplier effects, the broader “tech ecosystem” comprises 12.5% of the city’s total workforce, resulting in $124.7 billion in annual output. However, within this ecosystem, one of the most highly in-demand skills is in short supply: data from market research company GFK shows that 90% of companies surveyed reported difficulty trying to recruit for coders and developers, while data from Code.org anticipates 1 million more computing jobs than computer science students by 2020.
“Employer demand for technology skills is outpacing supply, and we know that by combining Kaplan’s experience in immersive, outcomes-based learning with thoughtbot’s technology expertise we can help train top talent for hire,” said Jason Moss, co-founder of Metis. “New York City has always been a rich source of talent, and we’re excited to contribute to the tech-based economy of our nation’s largest city.”