We’re currently reviewing the format for the next intake of the technical academy. Check back here in July 2013 for updates on what we’re up to and where we’re going!
You’ll likely have no TDD experience, no professional software development experience, no experience of writing clean code and may be a recent graduate from a BSc or MSc course.
You will be assigned a mentor from within the 7digital team and have the opportunity to meet them and visit our offices. We’ll also provide some suggested reading to get you going.
Starting with an induction to the company and the team you’ll then spend your time between pairing with one of our 5 development teams mixed with classroom sessions on:
You’ll also be given time to complete a simple project on your own using technologies relevant to the team you’re working with and 2 days “Innovation Time” per month to try out new technologies, ideas and techniques.
Classroom sessions will be led by senior 7digital developers, externally invited tutors, notable thought leaders from the development community and previous apprentices. You will be supported in your pairing, project and innovation time by your mentor who may not work in the same team with you.
You will continue to pair with a team but may rotate between different teams during your this period. Classroom sessions will also continue covering more advanced topics including:
Towards the end of this period you will be completing your project and will be given the chance to present it to the rest of the team. You will also be encouraged to present a topic in our weekly Development Team Practice sessions.
On the final stretch of your journey to become a 7digital Software Developer you will start to settle in one of the development teams. The classrooms sessions will continue with topics relevant to your chosen team including:
You will have completed the apprenticeship programme and become a 7digital Software Developer. There will not be a certificate, or even a passing out parade, instead you’ll have cemented the respect and praise of your peers and we’ll all head out to Shoreditch to celebrate.
Learning will not cease however as you finish the apprenticeship programme as you will take part in regular pairing with experienced developers, cross team code reviews, development team practice sessions, conferences and tutorials.
We’re full for our intake for 2012! Please check for updates on the 2013 intake in the Autumn.