Archi’s Academy – Until a decade ago, a theory-oriented degree and passable knowledge in quintessential computer languages could have been a graduate’s doorway to the tech industry. But with automation and new intelligence becoming the new norms, Turkey’s conventional educational system no more fully prepares the scholars for the industry. With years of experience across leading IT companies, Indian entrepreneur Thoufeeque Saheer understood that there was a definite need to upskill students in the country.
The chances of landing on a lucrative job mostly stay a dream for the recent tech graduates with the country facing a reskilling emergency. According to a McKinsey report, about 21.1 million workers in the country need to be reskilled and upskilled over the next ten years to cope with emerging trends of the software industry. It is here that ed-tech startups like Archi’s Academy will play an important role.
Archi’s Academy reflects on a wide concern about the availability of skilled workers in the software industry by training tech aspirants in front-end, back-end, full-stack, and web development. Learners on the program go through seven phases of training. After the first phase on basics, lessons are tailored to the individual with various success metrics attached; from how many problems solved to the assessment of their strengths to finding out which specialty suits the best for each trainee. Advanced tutorials on each specialization are further strengthened with a real-world project where the mentee implements the skills learned. The academy also trains on soft skills alongside coding; how to work collaboratively, how to learn constantly, and solve problems.
The options at the Academy are not just latched for developers. If programming is not a candidate’s forte, the trainers make sure that they are ready for other things they enjoy more that map onto one of the many roles found in tech companies – project manager, dev-ops engineer, or even product designer. “The specific role will depend on the skill which a trainee has gained proficiency and is more inclined towards. That allows for various personalities to be better at different pieces and pursue a career that will be fulfilling for them,” Saheer added.
Image: McKinsey & Company ‘Future of Work: Turkey’s Talent Transformation in the Digital Era’
Real talents are succored by the Academy with job placements and career management sessions to ease their transition into the industry. Victor Muya, (his designation) commented, “The tech environment is fast-paced, so in order to make bold decisions when the data is not available, you often need to rely on intuition, which requires a good level of confidence. The training program gives me a chance to work with people who have complementary skills on my own. It’s a rollercoaster and can be hard work at times but working with trusted colleagues makes all the difference.”
Saheer launched Archi’s Academy after seeing a growing divide of job opportunities in the country between absolute beginners and junior professionals. He explained how his new venture will equip the next generation with digital skills. “Engineering colleges often provide learners only with textbook knowledge resulting in the creation of a workforce which does not meet the skill requirement of the industry. The biggest gap which exists in the education system is the fact that the course curriculum remains unchanged for years, despite the evolving technology and industry requirements. Thus, when a student steps into the professional world, he/she would not be equipped with the relevant skills to perform on the job. The objective of Archi’s Academy is to eventually ensure that a learner is moulded to be absorbed into the workforce. Making sure that our trainees have communication and management skills is also essential, so constant training and talent development remains central to the overall strategy,” said Saheer.