BOOTCAMP VS UNIVERSITY
We design our course to get you hired
At Dev Academy Aotearoa, our mission is to make technology the biggest industry in Aotearoa. We contribute to that by graduating hundreds of job-ready software developers every year.
We run a challenging, accelerated learning experience that will turn you into a junior developer in just 17 weeks. Our course will:
- Turn you into a job-ready junior developer
- Help you build a portfolio of work
- Give you great communication and problem solving skills
Since 2013 we have graduated over 1200 software developers. Our graduates have an employment success rate of 86%*, and over 350 tech companies have hired our grads.
Different from a degree
“Our students get more contact time with teachers in 15 weeks than a uni student might get in 3 years of undergraduate study.”
The thing that makes people the most sceptical about whether or not our Bootcamp works is the question “surely you can’t learn a three year degree’s worth of material in 15 weeks?”
Well, no, you can’t — and that’s not what we are trying to teach.
Our cofounder Joshua Vial has decades of industry experience and also teaches in the online campus. Joshua says, “as a junior developer straight out of uni, only a fraction of my computer science degree was relevant.”
Our student to teacher ratio of 6 to 1 means our students get more contact time with teachers in 15 weeks than a uni student might get in 3 years of undergrad.
Let’s dig into some of the qualities our Bootcamp has and why they make us such a special place to study.
Our Focus is Job Readiness
At Dev Academy Aotearoa 100% of our focus is getting our students to a skill level where they can land a software development job.
We teach relevant programming languages that set our graduates up with a solid foundation to expand their learning in industry.
The dedicated careers week at the end of Bootcamp that provides our grads with job seeking support and industry connections to give them the best chance of landing their dream job.
We Teach the Whole Person
"We embrace difference, and we don’t believe in one-size-fits-all approaches to education."
Our programme combines high-quality learning with a focus on human skills and deep pastoral care that is inclusive by design. Our Human Skills curriculum is one of the major components of the Bootcamp that sets us apart from other training institutions. When we talk to industry about what makes our graduates unique, the main themes we hear are:
> Our graduates are great communicators and problem solvers,
> They have a high level of empathy, and
> They have the skills to develop relationships that rely on feedback.
Our students collaborate in pair programming and group projects throughout the Bootcamp, giving them real world, teamwork experience. We welcome all types of learners with all kinds of needs. If we have students who are dyslexic, dyspraxic, autistic, or have ADHD, we take care to adapt to our learners' needs. Our smaller cohort sizes give us the ability to take a customised approach. We embrace difference, and we don’t believe in one-size-fits-all approaches to education.
Our Teachers are Amazing
Our Bootcamp facilitators are industry professionals and/or past graduates who are focused on nurturing well-rounded software developers. They are with our students 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Their only job is to get our students work-ready!
Our Human Skills facilitators add to the breadth of knowledge and experience held by our teaching teams, coming from backgrounds in education, coaching and facilitation. There are facilitators across both teams who bring queer, marginalised, and Te Ao Māori perspectives to this work.
From a Māori perspective
As a Pākehā institution, we know we need to continually work at being an effective Te Tiriti partner. 25% of our teaching staff are Māori and Pasifika, whereas Māori and Pasifika people make up only 6.7% of academic staff at universities in Aotearoa**.
We have two Kaiārahi Māori whose role is to ensure that Māori students are supported in ways that are culturally relevant. In our leadership, we have two co-general managers, who represent Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti.
Our goals for Dev Academy Aotearoa include uplifting the voices of Māori in tech, and increasing the presence of Māori, Pasifika, women and migrants in the Aotearoa tech sector. We achieve these goals through our dedication to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and our desire to push for industry equity for systematically excluded communities.
When you break down the fees at Dev Academy and the accelerated learning environment, doing our Bootcamp represents roughly half of the average cost for a three year degree⁺. Given how quickly people can switch into a tech career by studying at Dev Academy, the opportunity costs are also much lower as our graduates find high-paying work faster, with a lower student loan to pay off.
People who haven’t yet studied at a tertiary level are also eligible for fees-free study covered by the New Zealand government.
Nau mai, haere mai!
We have four campuses - one in Pōneke, one in Tāmaki Makaurau, and two online - that each host 4 cohorts per year. There is room for everyone at Dev Academy, and we welcome students from all backgrounds.
Whether you’re a potential student or an employer looking for fresh talent, sign up for one of our information evenings, or reach out for a chat about what makes Dev Academy Aotearoa the best tech bootcamp in New Zealand.
Ready to launch your career in tech?
*Across all graduates, excluding those who are ‘not jobseeking’ (did not come to Dev Academy with the intention of getting work on graduation)
** [http://www.journal.mai.ac.nz/sites/default/files/MAIJrnl_8_2_McAllister_FINAL.pdf] [http://www.journal.mai.ac.nz/sites/default/files/MAIJrnl_8_2_Naepi_FINAL_0.pdf]
⁺ BSc at Victoria University of Wellington is $8600 per year