University of Adelaide launches coding course for digital industry

The University of Adelaide is offering short course “boot camps” for those interested in developing their coding skills.

Designed to help address the shortage of those who have tech-skills and are already in the workforce, the intensive coding course is designed for adult learners.

Once completed, graduates will take with them a professional portfolio and the inspiration to succeed as a web-development professional.

The courses have been hailed by those in the digital transformation sector, who have expressed their concerns after seeing businesses move interstate along with a lack of digital skills in South Australia. This is according to Alexei Fey, CEO of Comunet,a local company that focusses on helping businesses adapt to the digital workplace.

“As a business at the forefront of technological changes we are thrilled at the growth in the sector. However, there is a shortage of people with relevant tech skills. My frustration in finding good talent is not uncommon among the local business community,” said Fey.

The boot camps run part time over 24 weeks and allow students to develop the know-how to construct end-to-end web applications and become a full stack web developer.

As South Australia has lobbied for the development and funding of a local advanced manufacturing sector, the requirement for digital skills has become apparent, noted Dan Sommer, CEO of Trilogy Education, which has partnered with the University of Adelaide to deliver the courses.

“Adelaide’s continued transformation into a high-tech hub of digital activity has left employers with insufficient talent to meet critical business needs,” said Sommer.

The need for digital skills that can be applied in a number of situations has been identified by educators and industry, and this program highlights that.

“The digital revolution continues to transform business across all industries, and as we become increasingly dependent on technology, there is an increasing need to upskill the workforce with the necessary skills to respond,” said professor Pascale Questor, deputy vice-chancellor (Academic), University of Adelaide.