According to the industry association Bitkom, only every seventh applicant (15%) is female when it comes to IT specialist jobs. At the same time, 55% of employers want to increase the proportion of women among their own IT specialists. One of the goals of the YouGrow Academy in Frankfurt is therefore to get more women enthusiastic about IT professions and to help give them access.
"In our boot camps we currently have a women quota of 30-40 percent," explains Axel Weber, head of the YouGrow Academy. "The compressed dual training concept offers our graduates an easy entry into the exciting IT professions with excellent career opportunities."
A good example of the success of YouGrow training is Trang Vu Huyen. The young Viet-German has long been enthusiastic about information technology, but she also had concerns as a woman to gain access to the IT industry. Therefore, she first studied economics at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and then worked in the online marketing of an e-commerce firm, but still itched to get into programming and IT management.
Trang Vu Huyen has been completing the master's degree in IT management at the FOM University of Economics & Management since 2018. In 2019 she then switched from her previous employer to Tempo-Team. Here, she begins the intensive training of the YouGrow Academy as a software developer. At the same time, she can continue her part-time studies at FOM.
"Later I would like to work as an IT consultant or in IT management," Trang Vu Huyen professes. “The master’s degree at FOM offers a good basis for this, but I have not yet had deeper insights into the practice of software development. Thanks to YouGrow, I can now acquire in-depth knowledge of programming and IT project management in a very short time. Employment at Tempo-Team Personnel Services enables me to secure my livelihood and gain practical work experience at the same time."
The training of the YouGrow Academy is divided into three phases: a 4-week preparation based on training material and e-learning is followed by an 8-week intensive IT boot camp in Frankfurt, and the final practical phase in project deployment of up to 18 months in one of the partner companies.